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FinnFest Finale NightCap: Vänskä Plays Sibelius

About This Concert:

Sibelius didn’t just write incredible symphonies! Hear a pair of his works for chamber ensemble, featuring Osmo Vänskä on the clarinet and guest violinist Elina Vähälä in this NightCap performance.

Please note: this concert will take place in the Orchestra Hall Auditorium.

SIBELIUS
Overture F minor for Brass Septet

SIBELIUS/arr. Kuusito, J.
En Saga

Fun Facts:

  • The brass septet has been one of the most important musical ensembles in Finland since the 1870s. It is a national specialty and the basis for much of the country’s band music.
  • Finland was once called “The Land of a thousand lakes and brass septets.”
  • En Saga, known mostly as a piece for full orchestra, was originally envisioned by Sibelius as a chamber piece, but the original sketches have gone missing. It is heard here in an arrangement by contemporary Finnish composer-conductor Jakko Kuusisto.
  • Sibelius’ symphonic tone poem inspired a painting by his good friend Akseli Gallen-Kallela, which depicts both a fantastical landscape and a portrait of the composer.
  • En Saga is one of Sibelius’ earliest works, and he confesses to composing it using many of his own emotions as the basis for the work.
  • Osmo Vänskä is serving as honorary chair of FinnFest celebrating Finland’s 100th anniversary of independence.

Location Orchestra Hall
1111 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis
MN
55403

FinnFest Finale NightCap: Vänskä Plays Sibelius

Tickets

71079606039

1506223800

71111746839

Sat Sep 23 2017 10:30pm

Osmo Vänskä, clarinet | Photo by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

Osmo Vänskä, clarinet | Photo by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

About This Concert:

Sibelius didn’t just write incredible symphonies! Hear a pair of his works for chamber ensemble, featuring Osmo Vänskä on the clarinet and guest violinist Elina Vähälä in this NightCap performance.

Please note: this concert will take place in the Orchestra Hall Auditorium.

SIBELIUS
Overture F minor for Brass Septet

SIBELIUS/arr. Kuusito, J.
En Saga

Fun Facts:

  • The brass septet has been one of the most important musical ensembles in Finland since the 1870s. It is a national specialty and the basis for much of the country’s band music.
  • Finland was once called “The Land of a thousand lakes and brass septets.”
  • En Saga, known mostly as a piece for full orchestra, was originally envisioned by Sibelius as a chamber piece, but the original sketches have gone missing. It is heard here in an arrangement by contemporary Finnish composer-conductor Jakko Kuusisto.
  • Sibelius’ symphonic tone poem inspired a painting by his good friend Akseli Gallen-Kallela, which depicts both a fantastical landscape and a portrait of the composer.
  • En Saga is one of Sibelius’ earliest works, and he confesses to composing it using many of his own emotions as the basis for the work.
  • Osmo Vänskä is serving as honorary chair of FinnFest celebrating Finland’s 100th anniversary of independence.

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