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This year I was also again invited to conduct the Karaganda Symphony Orchestra in Kazakhstan. The program was quite serious and classical - we opened the concert with Verdi's overture to La forza del destino, and after that a young and talented violinist from Almaty, Aigerim Kartenbaeva played the Mendelssohn violin concerto (I think this was her concerto debut with an orchestra actually). The second half was Brahms' fourth symphony. As is commonplace here, the relatively small Shalkyma concert hall was full to the last seat.

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With my soloist Aigerim Kartenbaeva and her teacher

After the concert we raised toasts with some of the players and they were hoping that I keep Karaganda in my schedule for the coming years as well. For my part, it would be wonderful to come back already in 2017 and play some Finnish music to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Finnish independence!

UPDATE! I also found a little review of our concert - read here!