Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 7:30pm PT
From its icy, desolate opening to its robust, jubilant finale, Sibelius’ Violin Concerto glows. Isabelle Faust performs the seldom-heard original version of the piece — full of unexpected twists and turns. Thomas Dausgaard expertly shapes the arching melodies and majestic lines of Sibelius’ Second Symphony. This program is part of the Seattle Symphony's multi-year Sibelius Cycle.
ABOUT THE SIBELIUS CYCLE
Music Director Thomas Dausgaard brings his Nordic roots and unique insights to the music of the great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. This two-year Sibelius Cycle will explore all seven of Sibelius’ symphonies over two seasons, plus the rarely performed, original version of his Violin Concerto; each symphony will be paired with exciting Seattle Symphony commissions and world premieres by contemporary composers.
Sibelius drew his inspiration from Finland’s enchanting natural wonders that mirror our own Pacific Northwest: glacial lakes, evergreen forests, sea breezes, migrating birds, long summer days and dark, sun-starved winters. This deep love of nature, with its ethereal beauty and creative inspiration, translates to the stage through Dausgaard’s own passion and reverence for the natural world that surrounds us.
ANGÉLICA NEGRÓN: New Work (Seattle Symphony Commission & World Premiere)
SIBELIUS: Violin Concerto (Original Version)
SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 2
Thomas Dausgaard, conductor
Isabelle Faust, violin
2021–2022 Masterworks Season Sponsor: Delta Air Lines
Thomas Dausgaard’s position is generously underwritten as the Harriet Overton Stimson Music Director. Thomas Dausgaard's performances are generously sponsored by Robert and Sue Collett.
Isabelle Faust's performances are generously sponsored by Mel and Leena Sturman. Angélica Negrón's New Work was commissioned by the Seattle Symphony with the support of Richard Meyer and Susan Harmon.
Angélica Negrón's New Work is presented as part of the Seattle Symphony’s New Music WORKS initiative, which is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.