• "It's hard to imagine a more riveting performance of [Sibelius] than the thrilling interpretation given by the Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä." —The New York Times

    Renowned conductor Osmo Vänskä celebrates his Finnish compatriot Jean Sibelius by bringing his long-awaited Sibelius symphony cycle to Carnegie Hall with the Minnesota Orchestra. Regarded as some of the greatest works of the 20th century, each of the composer's seven symphonies has captivated audiences, from ominous brooding and bleak desolation to triumphant heroism. These masterpieces are performed alongside some of Sibelius's other symphonic gems rooted in Finnish folklore, including Tapiola and Pohjola's Daughter, as well as additional celebrated masterworks with distinguished soloists Hilary Hahn and Anne Sofie von Otter.


  • Carnegie Hall's Director of Artistic Planning Jeremy Geffen explains the political and musical background to Sibelius's First Symphony.
  • Sibelius symphonies are included in the following series:
    Concertos Plus
    The most admired instrumentalists of our time interpret the Romantic repertoire in programs that showcase their virtuosic techniques and signature styles. Violinist Hilary Hahn with the Minnesota Orchestra, pianist Denis Kozhukhin with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, and pianist Emanuel Ax with the Munich Philharmonic bring fresh insights to beloved works by Sibelius, Tchaikovsky, and Strauss, respectively.
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    Carnegie Classics
    This popular series spotlights monumental works that have inspired peerless performers around the world. Osmo Vänskä leads the Minnesota Orchestra in works by Finland's greatest composer and the Vienna Philharmonic spotlights the work of composers who frequented the cultural capital where the ensemble resides. Also on the series, Dorothea Röschmann and David Daniels join The English Concert for a performance of Handel's gripping oratorio Theodora, a moral tale of sacrificial love and resistance to tyranny.
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    Weekends at Carnegie Hall
    The intrepid ensembles featured in this series take the term “weekend warrior” to a whole new level, with gripping performances that push the boundaries of emotion and endurance. The St. Louis Symphony unleashes the tragedy of Britten’s searing Peter Grimes, the Minnesota Orchestra conveys the wide gamut of sentiment found in Sibelius’s symphonies, and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performs a musical marathon that celebrates its hometown as the cultural capital at the turn of the 19th century.
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    Great American Orchestras II
    Esteemed American orchestras take audiences on a musical journey through symphonic gems from around the world. Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony convey the awe-inspiring mystery of Mahler’s hymn to nature and existence in its totality, the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Bernard Haitink performs one of the most powerful works of recent times, and the Minnesota Orchestra completes its epic Sibelius symphony cycle and performs the Finnish composer’s great last works.
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