Performance Today

Elina Vahala plays Sibelius

Violinist Elina Vähäläcourtesy the artist

Performance Today - September 17, 2021


September 17, 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 Francaix: Quintette; II. Presto-Trio
Imani Winds
Album: Umoja
Imani 6227

Henri Dutilleux: Sonatine for Flute and Piano
Ransom Wilson, flute | Juho Pohjonen, piano
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall, New York, NY

Lalo Schifrin: La Nouvelle New Orleans
Imani Winds
Chamber Music Northwest, Lincoln Performance Hall, Portland, OR

Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 97 in C
Tanglewood Music Center (TMC) Orchestra | Andris Nelsons, conductor
Tanglewood, Ozawa Hall, Lenox, MA

Hour 2

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