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“What? An orchestral piece with a juggler as soloist? Well, why not? My first thought is confusion, but very soon I find myself full of enthusiasm, throwing bean bags alone in my tiny studio. How long can a juggling ball actually stay in the air?”

– Lotta Wennäkoski, Composer

Jong for juggler and chamber orchestra was commissioned by the modern circus group Agit–Cirk.

“A classic already when born!”
25.5.2013 Marko Niemelä, Lapin Kansa

Jong was premiered by juggler Sakari Männistö and Lapland Chamber Orchestra in May 2013, with John Storgårds as conductor.

Soloist: Sakari Männistö
Composer: Lotta wennäkoski
Light designer: Riikka Vuorenmaa
Juggler’s costume: Rauni Lonnström
Producers: Agit-Cirk, together with the Chamber Orchestra of Lapland
Supported by: Alfred Kordelin foundation, Ministry of Education and Culture, City of Rovaniemi