The Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki and New York’s world-famous Juilliard School are joining forces to form a joint symphony orchestra to celebrate the centenary of Finland’s independence. The orchestra will hold concerts at the Music Centre in Helsinki on 26 August, at the Baltic Sea Festival in Stockholm on 28 August and at the Lincoln Center in New York City on 5 September 2017. The orchestra will be conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, an alumnus of the Sibelius Academy. The tour programme combines tradition with youthful enthusiasm and features Four Legends from the Kalevala by Jean Sibelius, Mania by Esa-Pekka Salonen and Radical Light by American composer Steven Stucky, the latter inspired by Sibelius’s symphonies. Jonathan Roozeman, a young Finnish cellist, will appear as the soloist in Salonen’s work. This concert forms part of the celebrations for the centenary of Finland’s independence (Suomi 100).
The Sibelius Academy and Juilliard School Symphony Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
Jonathan Roozeman, cello
Steven Stucky: Radical Light
Esa-Pekka Salonen: Mania
Jean Sibelius: Four Legends from the Kalevala op. 22
The tour is supported by Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation, the Sibelius Academy Foundation, the Finnish Prime Minister's Office (Finland100 project) and Wärtsilä Corporation. uniarts.fi/sibajuilliard2017
The concert will be broadcast live at Yle Areena and Yle Radio 1.
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