Symphony concert Saturday should be outstanding event

Everyone knows about the Marquette Symphony Orchestra and the wonderful live performances it stages.

But even people familiar with the symphony are in for an unexpected treat Saturday when it will host its “Sounds of Suomi: A World Premiere!” concert at Kaufman Auditorium.

According to information distributed by the symphony, the performance will include the Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra, op. 36, by Finnish composer Jaakko Kuusisto.

Alex Jokipii, principal trumpet of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and an Escanaba native, will act as trumpet soloist.

“Perhaps with some influence from the solo instrument, this piece carries something of a jazzy flavour,” according commentary by Kuusisto. “Mostly, it comes through my use of harmonies and some rhythmical elements.”

The performance was made possible with the support of a gift from longtime Marquette residents John and Pauline Kiltinen. The Kiltinens are Marquette-area residents and well known in the musical community, according to Steve Grugin, who is a member of the MSO.

“They have given their time, talent, energy and financial support to numerous musical organizations by commissioning significant musical works, sponsoring concerts and soloists, contributing to projects and activities, and offering their service and advice in planning various musical endeavors,” Grugin wrote in a MSO press release.

Saturday’s concert starts at at 7:30 p.m. Plan to be there as by all accounts, it’s going to be a treat.