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Sibelius Festival

A New Year's Celebration

Fri Dec 31, 2021 - Jan 1, 2022

Orchestra Hall

~2 hrs including a 20 min intermission

This isn’t your typical New Year’s concert. It’s the beginning of a much-anticipated festival honoring the music of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius and showcasing Music Director Osmo Vänskä in his acclaimed role as “our greatest living Sibelian” (Sunday Times, London). It’s your chance to hear two of Sibelius’ greatest symphonies, as well as his Humoresques performed by violinist Stella Chen, all while ringing in 2022 with the Minnesota Orchestra. 

The performance on Dec 31, 2021 will be broadcast with a live audience. Not sure what to expect? Read on about the experience.

A Few Things to Know

  • Violinist Stella Chen is the recipient of a 2020 Avery Fisher Career Grant and a 2020 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award.
  • Come early and enjoy vintage jazz from Belle Amour (Fri at 7pm; Sat at 12:30pm).
  • Set a New Year’s resolution to hear all seven of Sibelius’ symphonies live and reach your goal by January 16!
  • Get Your Photo! Forget-Me-Knot Photography will be capturing your best (masked) pose at the Photo Booth located on Balcony A.

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Program

  • SIBELIUS

    Symphony No. 7

    1 min note

    One Minute Note

    Jean Sibelius’ final symphony, the Seventh, consists of a single movement—not as if several movements were stitched together, but as if movements unfold in alternation, or even simultaneously, with themes and motifs mingling together seamlessly. Also notable: a solo trombone delivers three noble incantations, building toward a sumptuously scored final chord.

  • SIBELIUS

    Humoresques for Violin and Orchestra

    1 min note

    One Minute Note

    Jean Sibelius’ Six Humoresques—of which Nos. 2 through 6 are performed at these concerts—require incredible technique from the violin soloist, and are light in mood, strong in personality and full of imagination.

  • INTERMISSION
  • SIBELIUS

    Symphony No. 2

    1 min note

    One Minute Note

    From an assortment of seemingly disjointed elements, Jean Sibelius creates an imposing mosaic in his Second Symphony. One fascinating feature of the Finale is a wistful melody played over running eighth-notes, written in memory of the composer’s sister-in-law.

Artists

Minnesota Orchestra

Osmo Vänskä

conductor

Stella Chen

violin

Your Concert Experience

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

Belle Amour Vintage Jazz

When: Fri Dec 31 | 7pm-8:15pm
Where: Roberta Mann Grand Foyer

Let's start the party early! Come to Orchestra Hall to enjoy toe-tapping vintage jazz from Bell Amour, a world-class band that perfectly captures the look, feel, and sound of the era.  

Photo Booth

When: Fri Dec 31 | Pre and Post-Concert
Where: Balcony A

Get Your Photo! On New Year’s Eve and New Year's Day, Forget-Me-Knot Photography will be capturing your best (masked) pose at the Photo Booth on Balcony A.

Simpson Housing Services Blanket Drive

When: Dec 31-Jan 1 | Pre and Post-Concert
Where: Roberta Mann Grand Foyer

Donate new twin, full, and queen size blankets to support Simpson Housing Services, a local nonprofit that helps thousands of people experiencing homelessness find the housing, support, and shelter they need in a time of personal crisis. Look for collection bins near the Christmas tree in the lobby. 

Belle Amour Vintage Jazz

When: Sat Jan 1 | 12:30pm-1:45pm
Where: Roberta Mann Grand Foyer

Let's start the party early! Come to Orchestra Hall to enjoy toe-tapping vintage jazz from Bell Amour, a world-class band that perfectly captures the look, feel, and sound of the era.  

Photo Booth

When: Sat Jan 1 | Pre and Post-Concert
Where: Balcony A

Get Your Photo! On New Year’s Eve and New Year's Day, Forget-Me-Knot Photography will be capturing your best (masked) pose at the Photo Booth on Balcony A.

Listen Ahead

Table with drinks outside

Visit Elixir Haus

A unique beverage experience awaits outside Orchestra Hall. Bold shots and classic flavors, crafted to warm quickly are in abundance. Venture out before your concert, or pre-order for an intermission pick up.

Find Your Elixir

Accessibility Services

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

Additional services are available upon request.

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