Sibelius’s First Symphony

Ideas of North Festival

Yosuke Kawasaki

Fred Cattroll

NAC Co-commission

  • Sibelius Tapiola
  • Alexina Louie Concerto for three violins*
  • Sibelius Symphony No. 1

The Symphony that Inspired a Nation

As the Russian Empire tightened its colonial grip on Finland, Jean Sibelius wrote the music that expressed his people's desire for freedom. Touring Europe to rave reviews in 1900, Sibelius’s First Symphony brought worldwide attention to the composer, and to the cause of Finnish independence. Hear the symphony that inspired a nation in the opening concert of our Ideas of North festival.

*Sesquicentennial co-commission for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, NAC Orchestra, and Orchestre symphonique de Montréal.


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