Birds from the bogs of northern Finland perform with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra for the ActewAGL Llewellyn Series

When: 29 & 30 March

Where: Llewellyn Hall, ANU

Leading Finnish composer Eionojuhani Rautavaara died last year at the age of 87.  

Among his career highlights was being selected by master composer Jean Sibelius to attend the Juliard School in New York, which was in honour of Sibelius’ 90th birthday.

Cantus Arcticus (Concerto for Birds and Orchestra) remains one of Rautavaara’s most successful compositions.  It’s an intricate piece in three movements, which incorporates recordings of birds found near the Arctic Circle as well as bogs of Liminka in northern Finland.

Jessica Cottis leads the Canberra Symphony Orchestra for the first time, and welcomes soloist Daniel de Borah to the piano for Shostakovich’s Piano Concert No.1 in C minor, which will be accompanied by the CSO’s Principal Trumpet Rainer Saville.

Finally, Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony, which evokes the fury of a storm and relief at its passing.

Tickets are available at the Canberra Symphony Orchestra websiteExternal Link.

pianist Daniel de Borah at the piano

Image courtesy of Darren James