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Minneapolis: Minnesota Orchestra toasts Finland @100

September 22, 2017

2017 is the hundredth anniversary of Finland’s independence from Russia, and the Minnesota Orchestra with violinist Elina Vähälä will participate in an international celebration called Finland 100 for the weekend. The orchestra under the baton of Osmo Vänskä, perhaps Minnesota’s most famous Finn, performs Sept. 22-23 concerts of music by Finnish composers Kalevi Aho, Jean Sibelius, and Jaakko Kuusisto. Minea, by Aho, is a short showpiece named after Minneapolis and designed to showcase each musician — Vänskä’s idea. Kuusisto, a virtuoso violinist in addition to being a composer, wrote his concerto Vähälä. She premiered it with the Lahti Symphony in 2012, recorded it for BIS, and champions it regularly. — CVNA Editors

 

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