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Mike Seal conductor
Anna Vinnitskaya piano
We are sorry to announce that Andris Nelsons has had to withdraw from this Fridayís matinee concert at Symphony Hall as his baby daughter is in intensive care, in Riga. Andris returned home urgently last weekend when she was taken ill, before the final three concerts of the CBSOís triumphant European tour.
Associate Conductor Michael Seal stood in to the great acclaim of audiences, media and our soloists, Jonas Kaufmann and Rudolf Buchbinder. Michael will now conduct Fridayís concert in Birmingham, as well as our performance in Manchester on Thursday. With no changes to the programme last week or this week, Mike prepared 3 different programmes in as many days, with just one hourís notice. We are enormously grateful to him for his fantastic professionalism and skill in these very challenging circumstances.
We also want to thank the Orchestra for their wonderful playing and commitment, especially after a busy month of 18 concerts. Andris, Kristine and Adriana are in all of our thoughts and we respect their privacy as a family at this difficult time.
Jean Sibelius conducted one of the CBSOís very first concerts - and his music has been a Birmingham tradition ever since. Tonight, Sibeliusís Second Symphony gets the Andris Nelsons treatment, and if you know and love this great Finnish epic, thatíll be enough to get your pulse racing. If you donít - well, trust us, youíll be swept away! First, though, enjoy the playful wit of Beethovenís most personal piano concerto and the soaring passion of the composer Nelsons loves more than any other: Richard Wagner.
Find out what our musicians love about this music - watch music director Andris Nelsons and CBSO’s flute section leader Marie-Christine Zupancic discussing Sibelius’s Symphony No.2.
To listen to some of the music in this concert, and explore the rest of the season, using our Spotify playlists, click here.
Pre-concert talk at 1.15pm
A personal perspective from writer, broadcaster and Sibelius enthusiast Stephen Johnson. Please note that this pre-concert talk will now take place in ICC Hall 5.