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The Fabulous Finn Makes a Splash

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The grand first symphony of Sibelius is on the program, preceded by sacred works transcribed for horn ensemble of Bach and Bruckner. Continuing our tradition of exploring "firsts" and their varied contexts, we look at what it was about Finland in the late 19th century that was the perfect cultural breeding ground for Sibelius to emerge as a national hero via his extraordinary compositions. Earlier in the program, Bach and Bruckner are explored in new ways, as an ensemble of French horns gives their music a fascinating new twist.

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J.S. Bach Praeludium BWV 539, arr. M. Pflaum
Anton Bruckner Tantum ergo WAB 42, arr. M. Pflaum
Jesu, meine Freude BWV 227, arr. L.E. Shaw

Horns of the LPO: Mollie Pate, Josiah Bullach, Jamie Leff, Mark Trotter, Kevin Winter

Jean Sibelius Symphony No. 1 in E minor Op. 39; Carlos Miguel Prieto, conducting

Described by The Washington Post as a “dazzling virtuoso,” Daniel Lelchuk was appointed Assistant Principal cellist of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in 2013 by music director Carlos Miguel Prieto; he holds the same position with the New Orleans Opera Association. He has performed at numerous international festivals including those of Aspen, Baden-Baden, Hawaii, Colorado, Lakes Area, Silicon Valley, and Salzburg. He serves as cellist for New Orleans based chamber ensemble Lyrica Baroque. At the invitation of Prince Nicolò Boncompagni Ludovisi, he presented a series of solo cello recitals at the famed Villa Aurora, Rome. A founding member of the Castleton Chamber Players with violinist Eric Silberger, Daniel Lelchuk served from 2010-2014 as principal cellist of the Castleton Festival under Maestro Lorin Maazel.