Osmo Vänskä, Alisa Weilerstein, and Finland 100

Osmo Vänskä, Alisa Weilerstein, and Finland 100

Orchestra Hall felt more like Helsinki on January 13th! Minneapolis helped kick off an American celebration of the nation of Finland's 100th birthday, complete with Finnish folk music in the Roberta Mann Grand Foyer, a visit from Finnish Ambassador to the U.S. Kirsti Kauppi, and - of course - a traveling sauna. The evening's program featured music from Finnish composers Kalevi Aho and Jean Sibelius, and the orchestra welcomed cello dynamo Alisa Weilerstein for a stunning interpretation of Dvořák's Cello Concerto. Kippis!

Singing Strings
Finnish folk music provided by the Singing Strings from Evergreen School of Performing Arts.

Traveling Sauna
A patron tours the Traveling Sauna for Finland 100.

Traveling Sauna
The Traveling Sauna for Finland 100.

Singing Strings
The Singing Strings entertaining the crowd before the concert.

Kirsti Kauppi
Finnish Ambassador to the U.S. Kirsti Kauppi addresses the audience.

Roma Duncan
Roma Duncan, piccolo; Kathy Keinzle, harp

Cello section

Kevin Watkins
Percussionist Kevin Watkins hard at work.

Cellist extraordinaire Alisa Weilerstein, following Maestro Vänskä


Rhapsodic playing on Dvořák's Cello Concerto from guest artist Alisa Weilerstein

Vänskä and Weilerstein
Music Director Osmo Vänskä and Alisa Weilerstein take a bow.

Osmo Conducting
Maestro Vänskä conducting

Esther Yoo
Associate Principal Second Violin Jonathan Magness keyed in on Maestro Vänskä

Binoculars come in handy for watching a concert and exploring Orchestra Hall

Sara Pajunen
Minneapolis-based violinist Sara Pajunen having some fun performing Finnish folk music for patrons post-concert.

Osmo signing CD
Osmo Vänskä signs a CD for a fan.

Minnesota Orchestra Staff