Classical Trancelations in Concert debuted in August of 2016 with two record-breaking, sold out concerts at the Helsinki Music Centre. The concerts moved thousands worldwide, received raved reviews and left us all in awe and lingering for more. Now we return with a once in a lifetime symphonic experience, unseen nor heard before.
On Saturday the 29th of September of 2018, a hundred and fifty musicians will step on stage at Hartwall Arena and perform at what will be one of the biggest indoor electronic dance music events in Finnish history. Two hours of timeless electronic music classics reimagined into a beautiful journey, surrounded by a visual experience that will take us even further.
Composers Petri “Lowland” Alanko and Pessi Levanto have arranged a selection of electronic dance music classics by legends such as Daft Punk, Moby, Fatboy Slim and Eric Prydz. Half of the program performed will be completely new, not forgetting crowd favourites from the 2016 concert by artists such as Faithless, Tiësto, Robert Miles, Guru Josh and Darude.
The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra will perform with Ahjo Ensemble, conducted by the young breakthrough conductor Eero Lehtimäki. Soloist gracing the stage include Kasmir and Paleface, joined by saxophonists Jukka Perko and Tapani Rinne, singer Marianna and actor Sami Uotila.
September Hartwall Arena will stage a historical event, when virtuoso artists, friendly encounters, cold shivers and tears of joy will fill the night…
Classical Trancelations in Concert combines the visual grandeur and production of raves with the world of classical music. Covering some of the biggest hits of the electronic music genre from the past 20 years, it brings together a vast crowd of past & present nightlife aficionados and classical music lovers.
It all started back in 2006 at Helsinki's beloved Club Unity 10th Anniversary party, where Petri "Lowland" Alanko was booked to play versions of club classics on a piano. Lowland decided to take it a step forward and make orchestral backings to the tracks and performed a touching performance, giving birth to a much bigger dream. The versions started spreading around the web and were quickly picked up by Dutch DJ Armin Van Buuren, resulting in two Classical Trancelations albums released Armada Music in 2008 and 2015. Ten years after the first solo show, a phone call from the Helsinki Festival changed everything...
Classical Trancelations in Concert debuted with two shows at the prestigious Helsinki Music Centre on the 26th of August 2016. It was performed by the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Ahjo Choir, Lowland and guests, conducted by Klaus Mäkelä. Both concerts sold out in a record breaking time and are still regarded as some of the most memorable events in the history of this prestigious venue.
Classical Translations in Concert achieved worldwide coverage, was nominated for the 2017 Innovation Award at the Classical:NEXT event for classical and art music and selected as one of the top 10 most moving events in Finland by the National broadcasting channel.
Classical Trancelations in Concert is created by music and event production professionals, based in Helsinki, Finland.
PETRI “LOWLAND” ALANKO
Artist, composer and producer behind Lowland. He has released two Classical Trancelations albums on Armin Van Buuren's Armada and a solo Album on Tiësto’s Blackhole Recordings. Petri is also Finland’s most successful game-music producer and a BAFTA-nominee for his work on the soundtrack of Alan Wake. His other projects include works for the likes of Supercell, Sulake, Nokia and Nightwish.
TAPIO “DJ ORKIDEA” HAKANEN
The curator and artistic director of the concept, DJ Orkidea is one of the most respected and successful DJ’s and producers to come out of Finland. A career of over 25 years has included shows all over the globe and album releases on Universal Records, as well as the world leading indie dance labels. Tapio was head of sound design for Nokia and is currently the musical director of YleX, the Finnish national radio channel.
Pessi Levanto is the orchestrator for the Classical Trancelations concerts. He is an award-winning pianist, arranger and composer of original music for films, television and the concert world. With a catalogue of fifteen full-length feature films scores and thirty short films and documentaries, he is one of the most prominent film composers and orchestrators in Finland.
Misc Management is Finland’s longest running DJ Booking agency and events company, concentrating on electronic dance music and the lifestyles around it. Since 1999, they have created some of Finland’s most iconic clubbing brands and worked with the biggest names in the dance music scene, including Faithless, Pete Tong, Eric Prydz and Armin Van Buuren.