Happy 150th Birthday, Jean Sibelius !

In Finland and across the world, the year 2015 has been designated Sibelius 150 Jubilee Year to celebrate the sesquicentennial of the birth of beloved composer Jean Sibelius.

We kick off the Jubilee Year in the Twin Cities this weekend, Feb. 19-21, with the Minnesota Orchestra as they perform the music Sibelius wrote for Shakespeare’s The Tempest, under the direction of Maestro Osmo Vänskä, and with mezzo soprano Lilli Paasikivi, from the Finnish National Opera. Join us at the concerts and look for Finlandia Foundation Twin Cities’ information table, where we’d love to talk with you!

We also have special guest Glenda Dawn Goss, music historian and Sibelius biographer, visiting for the weekend. She will present pre-concert lectures at 7:15 p.m. prior to the Friday and Saturday night performances.

On Sunday, Feb. 22, Ms. Goss will present a lecture, “Sibelius: A Composer’s LIfe and the Awakening of Finland” at 3 p.m., in the Paulson Hall at American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Ave., S., Minneapolis. The cost is $5.00 for general audiences and free to members of Finlandia Foundation Twin Cities and ASI.

In her book of the same title, Goss contends that in order to truly understand Sibelius, one must also understood the political and cultural times in Finland and his role in shaping a society that was transformed from duchy controled under the Russian Empire to a new nation that had created its own language, literature, music and pride in its heritage.

Join us as Goss delves into the life and times of Jean Sibelius to help us understand the many mysteries of this great composer.

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