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Elina Simonen
Elina Vähälä, violin | © Elina Simonen
Sibelius Festival

Symphonies No. 1 and 6

Fri Jan 7 — Sat Jan 8, 2022

Orchestra Hall

~2 hrs including a 20 min intermission

Together, Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra were awarded a Grammy for their recording of Sibelius’ First and Fourth Symphonies. They return to the First in this special Sibelius Festival performance, also taking on the Sixth Symphony. Plus violinist Elina Vähälä plays the original 1903-04 version of the Finnish composer’s Violin Concerto. You might have heard this concerto before, but this version is a rarity and has never been played in Orchestra Hall. 

A Few Things to Know

  • Sibelius himself described his Sixth Symphony as “a drink of pure spring water.”
  • Do you love the Sibelius Violin Concerto? Next week, Elina Vähälä is back on stage to perform Sibelius’ completely revised version of the same piece!
  • Enjoy the lush sounds of the Minnesota Orchestra performing Sibelius in your own home by purchasing one of our CDs.

Date & Time





    Symphony No. 6


    Violin Concerto (original version)


    Symphony No. 1


Minnesota Orchestra

Osmo Vänskä


Your Concert Experience

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

The World of Jean Sibelius Exhibit

When: Fri Jan 7-Sat Jan 8 | 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: Fri Jan7-Sat Jan 8 | 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. 

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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