November 10, 2021
Osmo Vänskä & Minnesota Orchestra Present Sibelius Festival, Comprising Complete Symphonies, Works for Voice & Orchestra, and Early & Final Versions of Violin Concerto, 12/31–1/16
Travis Anderson

Performances feature guest artists Helena Juntunen (soprano) and Elina Vähälä (violin)

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA (NOVEMBER 10, 2021) — Hailed as “our greatest living Sibelian” by the U.K.’s Sunday Times, Osmo Vänskä continues his final season as Minnesota Orchestra Music Director by leading the Orchestra in a three-week Sibelius Festival this winter. Commencing on New Year’s Eve, the festival is a tribute to the special place of Sibelius’ music in the relationship between Mr. Vänskä and the Orchestra, having been the focus of some of their most inspired and critically acclaimed collaborations, including a Grammy Award-winning recording. The festival’s four programs encompass all seven Sibelius symphonies, as well as works for voice and orchestra and two versions of the composer’s Violin Concerto—the one familiar to most audiences, finalized in 1905, and the original, lesser-known version premiered in 1904.

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