to Northern Lights
the 2014-15 Season of the
Inspired by the 2014 bicentennial of the Norwegian Constitution -- the oldest in Europe -- and the upcoming major anniversaries in 2015 of the births of both Carl Nielsen and Jean Sibelius, we at the Philharmonic present to you with great pleasure Northern Lights -- a Feast of Scandinavian Music
We've been waiting for years to present this season to you, due to the rich Nordic traditions of the Upper Midwest.....and it will be well worth the wait, as we've put together a year of concerts that promise some of the most truly beautiful repertoire from Norway, Denmark, Finland and Sweden.
From Norway, we will celebrate the lyric genius of Edvard Grieg; to the south, the noble grandeur of that musical Great Dane, Carl Nielsen; Finland's national hero, Jean Sibelius; and further afield -- but I assure you, no less beautiful -- the music of the Swedish romantic masters Franz Berwald, Dag Wiren, and Hugo Alfven, whose music will make an extremely rare appearance this side of the Atlantic and whose absolute neglect over here has always puzzled me.
Each concert, ladies and gentlemen, is a feast in itself -- with our usual celebration of familiar masterworks and forgotten gems (and those fine non-Nordics Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak and Ravel will be along, too), of favorite virtuoso soloists and brilliant Waukesha County talent....and once again, the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center, with its comfortable atmosphere and modern amenities, will be our home base for much of the year. So please, mark your calendars, sign up for the bargain of season subscriptions, and join us for a bouquet of beautiful music, to stir the heart and soothe the soul in the magnificence of the Scandinavian style.
, Music Director