Performance Today

Elina Vahala plays Sibelius

Violinist Elina Vähäläcourtesy the artist

April 27, 2021

The young Jean Sibelius had one dream in life: to be a professional violinist. After he auditioned and failed to win a place in the Vienna Philharmonic, he was heartbroken. But he turned his love for the violin into creative energy. On today's show, hear Finnish violinist Elina Vahala and the Buffalo Philharmonic in a stunning performance of the Violin Concerto by Jean Sibelius.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Jean Sibelius: Pan and Echo, Op. 53
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Neeme Jarvi, conductor
Album: Sibelius - Swanwhite Suite, Op.54
BIS 359

Pete Seeger: Where have all the flowers gone?
Spivey Hall, Clayton State University, Morrow, GA

Jean Sibelius: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D minor, Op. 47
Elina Vahalla, violin; The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; JoAnn Falletta, conductor
The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, NY

Claude Debussy, arr. Henri Mouton: Arabesque No. 1 for Orchestra
Windham Festival Chamber Orchestra; Robert Manno, conductor
Windham Chamber Music Festival, Windham Center for the Arts, Windham, NY

Hour 2

Katie Barrick: The Devil's Advocate
Thunderbird Records

Viktor Ullmann: String Quartet No. 3
Daedalus Quartet
Baruch Performing Arts Center at Baruch College, Engelman Recital Hall, New York, NY

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major, K. 216
Audrey Wright, violin; Baltimore Chamber Orchestra; Markand Thakar, conductor
Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College, Towson, MD

Katie Barrick: Caffeine Smile
Spokane String Quartet
Spokane Chamber Music Association, Bing Crosby Theater, Spokane, WA