Finish (the concert season) with Finnish (composer Jean Sibelius)

Proctors Mainstage will resound on April 24 with SSO’s presentation of two Sibelius compositions reflecting the national struggle of the Finnish people.  When the Helsinki Philharmonic Society first presented the Finlandia symphony in 1900, it was a covert protest against control by the Russian Empire.  The serene melody toward the end has become one of the most important national songs of Finland and is also sung as a Christian hymn (Be Still, my Soul).   When they first performed Symphony No. 2, D major, Op. 43 two years later, it was also interpreted as a patriotic message supporting independence.  Whether or not that was the actually Sibelius’s intention, the symphony became a national favorite, particularly for its triumphant conclusion.  

You won’t want to miss this exciting finale to our season!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

3:00 PM Proctors Theater Mainstage

Finlandia  ~ Jean Sibelius

Concerto for Vibraphone ~ Emmanuel Sejournejim benoit

  James Benoit,  Soloist

Concerto for Percussion   ~ Darius Milhaud

 James Benoit,  Soloist

Symphony No. 2  ~ Jean Sibelius

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