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Finns, heroes, bass and baroque — an orchestral odyssey

The Lyra Baroque Orchestra performs in Rochester and St. Paul this week. (L-R: Joseph Jones, Marc Levine, Cléa Galhano, Donald Livingston, Tulio Rondón) Summer Street Photography

January 12, 2022

Never mind the cold and the Alberta clipper, Minnesota is full of great orchestra concerts this weekend. If you’re concerned about catching COVID, you can catch several of these online or on the radio.

Finns: Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra wrap up their Sibelius Festival with a deep dive into his Fifth Symphony. And if you missed last week’s Sibelius concert, wow! Stream it here.

Heroes: The Duluth-Superior Symphony is busting-block with two epic classics. They are performing Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony and Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto with pianist Marika Bournaki, who is subject of a fascinating documentary, “I Am Not a Rock Star.

Bass: The double bass is in the spotlight when the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra brings superb soloist and composer Xavier Foley to the stage. YourClassical MPR will broadcast the concert live, Saturday night at 8.

Baroque: The Lyra Baroque Orchestra plays twice in Rochester and twice in St. Paul (including streaming) with baroque violinist Chloe Fedor. She’s a summer regular at the Lakes Area Music Festival in Brainerd. She also performed on Broadway in Farinelli and the King, with Mark Rylance as the King of Spain who is obsessed with the famous opera star Farinelli. Watch Chloe with a violin and bonnet in the candlelit baroque ensemble.