Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Downtown
Sat Feb 24, 7:30 pm. Sun Feb 25, 2 pm. Mon Feb 26, 7:30 pm. All Ages
Recommended by Brian Horay
After witnessing 16 swans in the Finnish countryside, composer Jean Sibelius wrote, "God, what beauty! They circled over me for a long time. Disappeared into the solar haze like a silver ribbon." Lucky for us, Sibelius was equally gifted at writing musical notes, and went on to create a symphonic masterpiece that captures the ineffable sublimity of flight interjected with the surprising humor of honking swans. His Fifth's final, staggered chords, each separated by silence, still manage to blow minds a century later.