Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Composer’s Birth
Sibelius supported the founding of FFN in 1953, and was its first Patron. The letter from Sibelius accepting that role appears below.
A Sibelius 150 Jubilee Committee, chaired by FFN Trustee Marja Kaisla, has worked throughout the year to encourage FFN chapters to plan a range of celebrations across the U.S. FFN made “mini-grants” available to assist chapters with their Sibelius programming. The committee is also surveyed symphony orchestras and compiled a Sibelius 150 Jubilee calendar of concerts and other programs and events in 2015, which is updated regularly.
In addition, a grant from the Finnish Ministry of Education enabled FFN to present concerts and programming related to Sibelius and other aspects of Finnish music and culture in the U.S. in 2015. The funds were awarded to FFN through Suomi Seura/Finland Society, Helsinki.
The FFN Sibelius 150 Jubilee is separate from but complements the extensive celebration in Finland; learn more about that at sibelius150.org
If you know of a Sibelius program for the FFN calendar please send details to: Kath Usitalo at kathusitalo @ mac.com
Sinikka Garcia of the Finnish American Club of Tucson has written a series of stories about the life of Sibelius and compiled them into a document available as a PDF; click here to read “Janne Sibelius 1865-1957.”
The Finnish American Club of Tucson hosted cellist Jussi Makkonen and pianist Ruusamari Teppo, great-great granddaughter of Sibelius in the “Jewels of Sibelius” concert in September. The artists were interviewed and performed on KGUN-TV 9 program.