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Sam Bergman, host
Sibelius Festival

Exploring Symphony No. 5 with Sam Bergman

Sat Jan 15 — Sun Jan 16, 2022

Orchestra Hall

~2 hrs including a 20 min intermission

Why did Sibelius write two significantly different versions of the same symphony? And why does Minnesota Orchestra violist Sam Bergman call Sibelius’ Fifth Symphony “the Best Piece?” Get the answers to these questions and learn many other compositional secrets in this one-of-a-kind concert. Hear from Sam and Osmo Vänskä about the unusual history of Sibelius’ Fifth Symphony and explore examples along the way. Then, sit back for a complete performance of this soaring symphony.

A Few Things to Know

  • “Today I saw 16 swans. God, what beauty! They circled over me for a long time. Disappeared into the solar haze like a silver ribbon.” – Jean Sibelius, from his diary and the inspiration for a theme in his Fifth Symphony.
  • Since 2005, Sam Bergman has produced, written and hosted more than 40 original narrated performances for the Minnesota Orchestra, many in collaboration with conductor Sarah Hicks.



    Symphony No. 5


Minnesota Orchestra

Osmo Vänskä


Sam Bergman


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