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Friday, February 23 Dayton Daily News Classical Connections concert at 8 pm in the Schuster Center details “Finlandia,” Symphony No. 5

On Friday, February 23 at 8 pm in the Schuster Center, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director Neal Gittleman will present two works by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, explain each, and explore the connections between them.

Jean Sibelius’s symphonic poem, Finlandia, has virtually become Finland’s second national anthem. In Finland, the Finns celebrated his 50th birthday as a national holiday. To return the favor, Sibelius wrote his Fifth Symphony in time for his national birthday party, then took two more years to rethink and rewrite it into its present form. Music Director Neal Gittleman and the DPO demonstrate the connections between these two love songs to Finland.

Neal Gittleman has earned national recognition for his Classical Connections programs, which provide a behind-the-scenes look at great works of the orchestral repertoire. These innovative programs, which Gittleman began in Milwaukee 19 years ago, have become a vital part of the Dayton Philharmonic’s concert season.

Tickets $11 – $38