Thomas Dausgaard begins a two-year Sibelius Cycle with the composer’s First Symphony. Sibelius wrote surely the greatest ‘First’ ever—packed with transcendent soundscapes. A new work by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ellen Reid responds to Sibelius, and Garrick Ohlsson performs a seldom-heard and delightful romantic concerto.
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.