Sibelius' Second Symphony


Friday 7 & Saturday 8 October 2022, 7.30pm

Perth Concert Hall

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Sibelius' Second Symphony

Richard WAGNER Tannhäuser: Overture (14 mins)

Elena KATS-CHERNIN Ave Maria (World Premiere) (20 mins)

1. Ballina
2. A Life Travelled
3. Bird on the Bench
4. Ave Maria
5. Share Wisdom
6. Thank You for the Memories

Interval (25 mins)

Jean SIBELIUS Symphony No.2 (44 mins)

Tempo andante, ma rubato
Vivacissimo –
Allegro moderato

Pietari Inkinen conductor
Sara Macliver
Fiona Campbell

Elena Kats-Chernin’s Ave Maria commissioned in memory of Mary Rodoreda.

Wesfarmers Arts Pre-concert Talk
Find out more about the music in the concert with this week’s speaker, Cecilia Sun. The Pre-concert Talk will take place at 6.45pm in the Terrace Level Foyer.

Wesfarmers Arts Meet the Musician (Friday only)
Join conductor, Pietari Inkinen and composer, Elena Kats-Chernin for a post-concert interview immediately following the Friday evening performance in the Terrace Level Foyer. Uncover more about the music and hear insights into the performance experience.

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Did you know?

Wagner decided to include a ballet sequence in an adaptation of Tannhäuser for a French audience, however with the sequence unconventionally placed in the first act, rather than the second, it led to the performance being disrupted with boos, hisses, and even fist fights.

Wagner revised Tannhäuser again following the riotous French performance - but not swayed by the reaction, he left the ballet sequence in the first act!

Dr Paul Rodoreda commissioned Elena Kats-Chernin's Ave Maria, in memory of his mother Mary. The six movements serve as a portrait to Mary and her life.

Elena Kats-Chernin wrote Ave Maria with Sara Macliver and Fiona Campbell in mind for the soprano and mezzo-soprano parts. We are thrilled to be able to premiere the work with both Sara and Fiona alongside the orchestra.

Sibelius was considered to be a late bloomer in the world of composing - he did not write his first symphony until the age of 33.

Sibelius' Second Symphony became a symbol of national liberation for Finland following its premiere.

Sibelius' Symphony No.2 Listening Guide

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