Maison symphonique de Montréal presents

A Nordic Adventure

Finnish-Ukrainian conductor Dalia Stasevska invites us to experience a symphonic aurora borealis, from the majestic Finlandia to the Harp Concerto by Finnish harpist Einojuhani Rautavaara, showcasing OSM Principal Harp Jennifer Swartz. This young conductor, who takes to the OSM podium for the first time, will conclude with Shostakovich’s First Symphony, a youthful work that fluctuates between irony and tragedy.

Orchestre symphonique de Montréal
Dalia Stasevska, conductor

Dalia Stasevska’s charismatic and dynamic musicianship has established her as a conductor of exceptional versatility. Chief Conductor of Lahti Symphony Orchestra from 2021/22 season and Principal Guest Conductor to the BBC Symphony Orchestra, she made her BBC Proms debut in 2019.

Highlights of the 2020/21 season include debuts with Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, National Symphony Orchestra, Washington, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre National de Belgique and returns to Helsinki Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony and Swedish Chamber Orchestra amongst others. Dalia will close the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s season with violinist Pekka Kuusisto performing Lindberg’s Violin Concerto. Recent engagements have included Oslo Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony, NAC Ottawa and Detroit Symphony orchestras.

Jennifer Swartz, harp

Harpist Jennifer Swartz is passionate about pushing the boundaries of her instrument and spreading her love for harp and music through teaching. She holds two of the most distinguished positions in her field in Canada, first as principal harp for the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM), then as head of the Harp Program at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University.

Sibelius, Finlandia, Tone poem, op. 26 (8 min.)
Einojuhani Rautavaara, Harp Concerto (23 min.) 1ère à l’OSM
Shostakovich, Symphony no. 1 in F minor, op. 10 (28 min.)

Webcast: Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 7:00pm until April 13, 2021

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