Institutional visits

The purpose of visiting institutions is to bring live music to people who would otherwise not be able to enjoy it. Institutional visits take UMO to old people’s homes, hospitals and service housing for the elderly. A typical concert lasts from 45 to 60 minutes and features big band classics from the 1930s to the 1960s: Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington and Count Basie, for instance. UMO always performs acoustically at institutions, with no electronic amplification.

UMO institutional concerts are usually led by sax player Jouni Järvelä, who plans the repertoire and announces and conducts the concerts. Järvelä has a high regard for the tradition of institutional concerts and notes that although their main purpose is to delight audiences, they also bring a welcome break from the everyday routine of the musicians. He explains that there is often a great mood at the concerts, the audience and orchestra effortlessly forming a connection.

”It’s not about communicating anything in particular, just people spending a pleasant afternoon together.”

Jouni Järvelä
saxophonist, UMO

UMO is available for institutional visits in the Greater Helsinki area by agreement, and elsewhere in the country too when on tour. A typical concert lasts about 60 minutes and is free of charge for the hosts, although the hosts are welcome to make a voluntary donation towards the orchestra’s expenses.

Further information and inquiries:
Production manager Terhi Siirala
+358 (0)40 763 6275
terhi@umo.fi