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Celebrating Finland's Centennial

About This Concert:

Finland declared independence in 1917, and we celebrate its centennial with breathtaking music and musicians from this remarkable Nordic nation.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • Elina Vähälä, violin

AHO
Minea

J. KUUSISTO
Violin Concerto

SIBELIUS
Symphony No. 2

Fun Facts:

  • Aho titled Minea in honor of Minneapolis, the city in which it was premiered in 2009.
  • Osmo Vänskä picked the violin prodigy Elina Vähälä when she was just 12 to make her debut with his Finnish orchestra, the Lahti Symphony. Vänskä later named Vähälä the orchestra’s “young master soloist.”
  • Sibelius’ Second was written in 1901, when Russia had sanctioned Finnish language and culture, and the music has been called the “Symphony of Independence.” It is the most popular of his seven symphonies, famous for its final pages of soaring brass fanfares.
  • FinnFest returns! This annual Finnish-American heritage festival began in 1983 in Minneapolis and has moved to a different US city each year. Orchestra Hall is the host site for this year’s FinnFest, including a beautiful Finnish Expo in our lobby!
  • Stay after for a NightCap Chamber performance featuring music by Sibelius.

Location Orchestra Hall
1111 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis
MN
55403
http://www.minnesotaorchestra.org
Returning and new subscribers get early access to all 2017-18 concerts. Click here for subscription information ». Tickets go on sale to the general public July 28.
Classical

Celebrating Finland's Centennial

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Sat Sep 23 2017 8pm

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Fri Sep 22 2017 8pm

Celebrating the Finland Centennial

Celebrating the Finland Centennial

Returning and new subscribers get early access to all 2017-18 concerts. Click here for subscription information ». Tickets go on sale to the general public July 28.

About This Concert:

Finland declared independence in 1917, and we celebrate its centennial with breathtaking music and musicians from this remarkable Nordic nation.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • Elina Vähälä, violin

AHO
Minea

J. KUUSISTO
Violin Concerto

SIBELIUS
Symphony No. 2

Fun Facts:

  • Aho titled Minea in honor of Minneapolis, the city in which it was premiered in 2009.
  • Osmo Vänskä picked the violin prodigy Elina Vähälä when she was just 12 to make her debut with his Finnish orchestra, the Lahti Symphony. Vänskä later named Vähälä the orchestra’s “young master soloist.”
  • Sibelius’ Second was written in 1901, when Russia had sanctioned Finnish language and culture, and the music has been called the “Symphony of Independence.” It is the most popular of his seven symphonies, famous for its final pages of soaring brass fanfares.
  • FinnFest returns! This annual Finnish-American heritage festival began in 1983 in Minneapolis and has moved to a different US city each year. Orchestra Hall is the host site for this year’s FinnFest, including a beautiful Finnish Expo in our lobby!
  • Stay after for a NightCap Chamber performance featuring music by Sibelius.