Tag: Sibelius

Concert Blog: Conducts with the Blood

Concert Blog: Conducts with the Blood

I wanted to be prepared for my evening at the symphony. First I listened to several versions of the Sibelius 5. Then I went to the official website for the Finnish conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste, chief conductor of the WDR Sinfonieorchester, and guest conductor for this […]

When the Musicians Smile

When the Musicians Smile

Sometimes, a performance focuses on something specific, like a composer or an era. Sometimes, it focuses on an idea. Sometimes, though, it simply focuses on the music itself. Friday night’s Pittsburgh Symphony concert, led by Finnish conductor Osmo Vänskä of the Minnesota Orchestra, did just […]

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Celebrates 150th Birthday of Composer Jean Sibelius

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Celebrates 150th Birthday of Composer Jean Sibelius

It’s a Finnish celebration at the BNY Mellon Grand Classics on March 11 and 13 when the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra welcomes Finland’s leading conductor, Osmo Vänskä, to Heinz Hall for a program filled with the music of his country’s most esteemed composer, Jean Sibelius. Vänskä […]

Luxembourg

Luxembourg

The final concert of our 2012 European Residency Tour was in Luxembourg. I arrived in the late afternoon before the concert with some orchestra colleagues. I hailed a taxi at the train station, and the taxi driver immediately recognized us as musicians from our instrument […]

Music, stories, and the world around us – Cynthia Closkey

Music, stories, and the world around us – Cynthia Closkey

Photo: “Big Sur color explosion” by maveric2003 To a person raised on television and film, as I was, music can seem to exist mainly for the purpose of supplementing storytelling. Think of the score of Jaws, the theme song of Cheers, or the musical beds […]


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