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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.

AHO
Minea

J. KUUSISTO
Violin Concerto

SIBELIUS
Symphony No. 2

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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!

Location Orchestra Hall
1111 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis
MN
55403
http://www.minnesotaorchestra.org
Classical

Celebrating Finland's Centennial

Tickets

1505644641

1506128400

1537785441

Fri Sep 22 8pm

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Sat Sep 23 8pm

Celebrating the Finland Centennial

Celebrating the Finland Centennial

About This Concert:

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

AHO
Minea

J. KUUSISTO
Violin Concerto

SIBELIUS
Symphony No. 2

Read program notes »

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!

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Suomi Finland 100 Chorus

Suomi Finland 100 Chorus

When: 7pm & 7:30pm
Where: Target Atrium
Enjoy a performance of Finnish classical and folk music by the Suomi Finland 100 Chorus, a Twin Cities-based pop-up choir directed by Eeva Savolainen and formed in honor of the 100th anniversary of Finland's independence!

FinnFest USA 2017 Tori Marketplace

FinnFest USA 2017 Tori Marketplace

When: 10:30am-4:30pm & 6-9pm
Where: Orchestra Hall lobby and Peavey Plaza
This concert weekend is a part of FinnFest USA 2017, annual Finnish-American heritage festival which originated in Minneapolis in 1983. The festival features a tori community marketplace for vendors, artists and community groups. More info »