For the final concert of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra season, Susanna Mälkki conducts the ensemble and celebrated violinist Joshua Bell on May 27 in a program featuring Henryk Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto No. 2, and Schubert’s vast Symphony No. 8 “The Great.”

Henryk Wieniawski’s Second Violin Concerto is one of the composer/virtuoso’s most admired works, known for its enjoyably balanced combination of brilliant sparkle, fieriness, and singing backwaters. Composed in 1862, the Concerto was first performed in St. Petersburg on November 27, with Wieniawski as soloist.

Schubert finished his Symphony No. 8 “The Great” at 29, just two years before his death. Although he was known as a master of small song form, his heroic Eighth Symphony demonstrates these same skills on a larger symphonic scale. This concert will be streamed on May 27 at 7pm EEST via HKO Screen. For more information, please visit the Helsinki Philharmonic website.

Photo credit: Jiyang Chen