Sibelius, Séjourné, & Rachmaninoff

Saturday, July 30 | 7pm

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📍Classical Tahoe Pavilion

⏱ approx. 1 hr 45 min (including intermission)

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Concert At A Glance

  • Sibelius’s Finlandia had its origins in political protest. It was written for the Finnish Press Pension Celebration of 1899, a thinly veiled rally in support of freedom of the Finnish press, then largely controlled by tsarist Russia. Sibelius later reworked parts of the music into a Finlandia Hymn which is today regarded as Finland’s unofficial national anthem.
  • It’s not often that a percussion instrument like the marimba is a featured soloist with an orchestra. Praised by the New York Times for his “understated but unmistakable virtuosity”, Svet Stoyanov will play Séjourné’s Concerto for Marimba which combines the romantic and jazzy sounds of the instrument.
  • Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 is a favorite of many because of its continuous lush, sweeping, romantic melodies that will be sure to touch your soul.

What You'll Hear


Jean Sibelius: Finlandia, Op. 26

The performance of “Finlandia” is sponsored by Matthew and Amber Bergstrom in honor of their Finnish family and friends.

Emmanuel Séjourné: Concerto for Marimba and Strings
Svet Stoyanov, marimba

– Intermission – 

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27 

Featured Artists

Classical Tahoe Orchestra

The Classical Tahoe Orchestra is composed of 70 of the most prominent musicians from major orchestras around the world, including the MET Opera, SF Opera, Zurich Opera, Philadelphia Orchestra, LA Philharmonic, and symphonies of San Francisco, Seattle, Dallas, Toronto, Houston, and more. 

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David Chan, conductor

David Chan is Classical Tahoe’s guest conductor for Week 2. Known as one of the most accomplished violinists of his generation, David Chan is also quickly making a name for himself as an elegant conductor of unusual interpretive depth.  The 2021-22 season marks not only his 22nd as concertmaster of New York’s MET Orchestra, but also his fifth as the inaugural Music Director of the APEX Ensemble (formerly the Montclair Orchestra), with which he has already earned high praise for innovative and adventurous programming, and his fourth as Music Director of Camerata Notturna, one of New York City’s foremost chamber orchestras.  He also serves as Artistic Partner of Mainly Mozart’s prestigious Festival of Orchestras, for which he recently conducted an entire festival combining musicians of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony, and another series bringing together members of the MET Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra.

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Svet Stoyanov, marimba

Praised by the New York Times for his “understated but unmistakable virtuosity” along with a “winning combination of gentleness and fluidity,” Svet Stoyanov is a driving force in modern percussion.

Winner of the prestigious Concert Artists Guild International Competition, Svet was also presented with the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Award. His career highlights feature solo concerto appearances with the Chicago, Seattle, and the American Symphony Orchestras, as well as solo performances in Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center and Taiwan National Concert Hall amongst many others worldwide. Some of the conductors he has performed with include Pierre Boulez, Marin Alsop, Cristian Macelaru, Gerard Schwarz, Oliver Knussen and James Conlon.

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