Northern Lights Festival Program 2

Northern Lights Festival Program 2

A cool wind blows through Sibelius’ violin concerto as a solo line emerges from a snowy haze. It sets the tone for this rugged concerto where violinist and orchestra engage in brooding and dramatic dialogue.

Violinist Akiko Suwanai and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra bring their virtuosity and emotional intelligence to the most musically satisfying and deeply-felt of all violin concertos. While Finland is a subtle presence in the concerto, the earlier Karelia Suite evokes the rough-hewn folk-life of the Karelia region, then under Russian control.

The same love of country motivates Sibelius’ Symphony No.1. From its haunted beginning to a blazing conclusion, this is a young man’s symphony: fired with anger and hope. It is a premonition of how Sibelius would forever change the symphony, and of his role as the symbol of Finnish independence.

 

Change of artist. On Saturday 18 January, Vladimir Ashkenazy announced his retirement from public performances. As part of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s 2020 Season, Vladimir Ashkenazy was scheduled to conduct Northern Lights Festival Program 2. The performances will proceed as programmed with guest conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto.

For more information, contact the Sydney Symphony customer service team on (02) 8215 4600 (9am-5pm, Mon-Fri) or email info@sydneysymphony.com.

 

Northern Lights Festival 1

Also in this series:
Northern Lights Festival Program 1

Join us for one of Sibelius' most accomplished and popular works and the rich romanticism of Grieg's Peer Gynt.

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