Sibelius 150 Jubilee concert a success!

The Honorary Consulate of Finland and the Finnish American Chamber of Commerce at Lake Worth, were honored to organize a classical music concert at the Lake Worth Playhouse on November 7th to honor the 150th Anniversary of the most famous Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.

The concert was organized to bring awareness of Finnish music and culture to American audiences and thus develop further interest in bringing people together interested in various cultural, educational and business opportunities between Finland and the United States.

The two invited guests to perform the celebratory concert were violinist Petteri Iivonen and pianist Marja Kaisla, natives of Finland, residing in New York City and Philadelphia, respectively. Both musicians have established significant musical careers in the United States and around the world. Marja Kaisla and Petteri Iivonen recently performed at the American Embassy in Helsinki, Finland, as well.

The concert outcome was amazing! Renowned performers, Petteri Iivonen and Marja Kaisla, performed music of Sibelius at The Lake Worth Playhouse to a large, enthusiastic and appreciative crowd – thank you Marja and Petteri! We would also like to thank all of the sponsors for making the concert possible, and all of our dear guests who came to enjoy the concert with us.

The following pieces were played during the concert:

Jean Sibelius (1865-1957):
Op.78 1. Impromptu
2. Romance
3. Religioso
4. Rigaudon
Op.79 1. Souvenir
2. Tempo di minuetto
3. Danse Caracteristique
4. Serenade
5. Tanz-Idylle
6. Berceuse
Valse Triste op. 44 – Listen and watch the performance here.
– intermission –
Violin Concerto in d minor, II mvt
Op.115 1. Auf der Heide
2. Ballade
3. Humoreske
4. Die Glocken (Capricietto)
Op.106 #1 Danse Champetre

Petteri and Marja photo by USA Suomeksi Timo Vainionpaa 2 Sibelius2 photo by USA Suomeksi Timo VainionpaaEsa Jokela Lake Worth Playhouse Peter Makila photo by USA Suomeksi Timo Vainionpaa

Check out the pictures from the event here.

Sibelius Anniversary concert flyer 4



Next event of the season: join us for the FACC Christmas party on 10th of December!
At the party we will have well-known opera singers Raimo Sirkia and Cynthia Makris performing Christmas songs both in Finnish and English.


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