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Sam Bergman, host and viola
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

  • Under 40? We have $20 tickets just for you. Choose price type "$20under40" when purchasing and show your ID when you pick your tickets up at will call.
  • 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.

Date & Time

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Program

  • SIBELIUS

    Symphony No. 5

Artists

Minnesota Orchestra

Osmo Vänskä

conductor

Sam Bergman

host

Your Concert Experience

Join us for Q&A’s, hosted discussions, exhibits and more. All free with your concert ticket!

Indulge at the Elixir Haus

When: Pre-Concert and Intermission
Where: Cargill Commons

Beverage service is available before and during each winter concert at Elixir Haus (located outside Orchestra Hall). Grab your coat and head outside for a sip of spirits or a cup of hot cocoa.

The World of Jean Sibelius Exhibit

When: Sat Jan 15 | Pre-Concert and Intermission
Where: Balcony A

"The World of Jean Sibelius," produced by Finnish documentarian Pekka Hako, is comprised of panels illustrating in images and text Sibelius' life and work. Learn about Sibelius as a composer, a student, an artist, and a family man.  This exhibit is sponsored by the Finlandia Foundation.

Osmo Vänskä Retrospective Photography Exhibit

When: Sat Jan 15 | Pre-Concert and Intermission
Where: Roberta Mann Grand Foyer

Stroll down memory lane in our lobby photography exhibit, as we celebrate some of the indelible moments of the last two decades with Music Director Osmo Vänskä. 

The World of Jean Sibelius Exhibit

When: Sun Jan 16 | Pre-Concert and Intermission
Where: Balcony A

"The World of Jean Sibelius," produced by Finnish documentarian Pekka Hako, is comprised of panels illustrating in images and text Sibelius' life and work. Learn about Sibelius as a composer, a student, an artist, and a family man.  This exhibit is sponsored by the Finlandia Foundation.

Osmo Vänskä Retrospective Photography Exhibit

When: Sun Jan 16 | Pre-Concert and Intermission
Where: Roberta Mann Grand Foyer

Stroll down memory lane in our lobby photography exhibit, as we celebrate some of the indelible moments of the last two decades with Music Director Osmo Vänskä. 

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

Video: Hear from Minnesota Orchestra violist Sam Bergman on his favorite piece, and what to expect from the concert and conversation, as we conclude the 2022 Sibelius Festival.

Listen Ahead

Accessibility Services

  • Assistive Listening Devices
  • Large Print Programs
  • Service Animals
  • Wheelchair & Accessible Seating

Additional services are available upon request.

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