Today, Nicollet Avenue; tomorrow, Broadway.
Thursday to Saturday, Feb. 18 to 20, the Minnesota Orchestra, led by Osmo Vänskä, perform Jean Sibelius's Symphony No. 1 and Symphony No. 3, as well as Sibelius's Violin Concerto (for which the orchestra will be joined by guest soloist Hilary Hahn). Classical MPR will broadcast Friday's live concert, starting at 8 p.m.
The weekend's concerts at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis are a preview of the same concert the Minnesota Orchestra and Hahn will perform at Carnegie Hall in New York on March 3.
To get a sense of what will air on Classical MPR on Friday, Feb. 19 (and what will be heard at Carnegie Hall on March 3), watch this video from Thursday night's concert in Minneapolis. In this clip, we see Vänskä leading the orchestra in the first minutes of Sibelius's Symphony No. 1. The emotion of the music and the passion of the performers leaps from the screen:
As this video suggests, listeners in Minnesota are in for a treat this weekend … as New Yorkers will be on March 3.