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Sibelius & Nielsen: A Nordic Celebration

Sibelius & Nielsen: A Nordic Celebration
Sibelius & Nielsen: A Nordic Celebration

From its expansive opening to its transcendent climax, Sibelius’ Fifth Symphony is one of the most vivid orchestral works of the 20th century. Finnish conductor Hannu Lintu, in his CSO debut, pairs this with the composer’s best-known work, Finlandia. Pekka Kuusisto performs Nielsen’s spirited Violin Concerto. “Nielsen was a folk fiddler and Kuusisto made it show in the gorgeous looseness of his rhythms and stripped-back grit of his sound” (The Guardian).

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Saturday, February 29, 2020 8:00 PM


Orchestra Hall


Sibelius Finlandia
Nielsen Violin Concerto
Nielsen Helios Overture
Sibelius Symphony No. 5

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Hannu Lintu conductor
Pekka Kuusisto violin

Preconcert conversation with Johann Buis: Saturday, February 29, 6:45–7:15, Grainger Ballroom



Official Airline of the CSO

The appearance of Pekka Kuusisto is made possible by the Grainger Fund for Excellence.

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