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Natural event at the keys

Iiro Rantala is one thing above all – a gifted pianist who is just as convincing as an opera composer and jazz improviser as he is as a profound interpreter of well-known pop melodies. At the Münsterland Festival he performs solo with the Münster Symphony Orchestra in Draiflessen.

Playful and light, but also melancholic, the Finn moves between genres and does what he does best: his own thing. In the process, his mischievousness flashes through again and again. It is this musical horizon that makes Rantala stand out so much. He playfully incorporates classical, pop or rock into his jazz with ease, using amazing technique, exuberant imagination and his trademark humor. With his music, the pianist convinces even those who previously thought they didn’t like jazz. It’s not for nothing that Jazz thing magazine dubs him a “natural phenomenon on the keys.” Critically acclaimed, winner of the German Record Critics’ Annual Award, the ECHO Jazz, the Finnish EMMA Award and many more, he is also an absolute audience favorite.

Since its foundation in 1919, the Münster Symphony Orchestra has developed into a mainstay of musical life in Münster. Numerous prizes and awards honor the work and supra-regional importance of the orchestra. Guest performance invitations have already led to Milan, Florence, Modena and Tel Aviv. In addition to classical-romantic repertoire, the performance of contemporary music in collaboration with internationally renowned composers has been part of the orchestra’s DNA from the very beginning.

The audience at the Münsterland Festival can see this for themselves: Under the direction of Henning Ehlert, Iiro Rantala and the Münster Symphony Orchestra will perform music by Mozart, Sibelius and Rantala himself – a melancholy program that will delight the audience with Rantala’s profound style of playing accompanied by the impressive orchestral music.

The concert is part of the Münsterland Festival part 12 and takes place in cooperation with meetMUSIC.

Iiro Rantala Soloist, Grand Piano | Henning Ehlert Conductor

Iiro Rantala: Seven O’Clock Overture
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major
Sibelius: En Saga, Symphonic Poem op. 9
Iiro Rantala: Anyone with a heart, Freedom, Final Fantasy
Sibelius: Finlandia, Symphonic Poem op. 26

The concert ticket entitles you to free admission to the Draiflessen Collection on the day of the concert.

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