The Phoenix Symphony presents Shlomo performs Sibelius
About the Event
Shlomo Mintz, one of the most celebrated violin virtuosi of our time, joins The Phoenix Symphony to perform Jean Sibelius’s epic Violin Concerto. A work brimming with poignancy, tenderness, and symphonic scope, the Violin Concerto in D Minor is the only concerto written by Sibelius.
Sibelius is one of the first composers who wrote nationalistic music (music that contains motifs and ideas that are identified with a specific country, region, or ethnicity). Finlandia is a celebration of the Finnish spirit and resilience despite its tsarist Russian rule at the time.
The performance closes with Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony. The premiere took place in Moscow on February 22, 1878. Tchaikovsky dedicated the symphony to his patroness, Nadezhda von Meck, whom the composer described as “my best friend.” He opens the symphony with a fanfare in the brass and winds that depicts the power of Fate. It is one of the most dramatic openings in all of symphonic literature.