Sibelius scholar to speak on?Feb. 27

MARQUETTE – Glenda Dawn Goss, prominent Sibelius scholar and Finlandia Foundation Lecturer of the Year, will present a program titled “Sibelius and Finland’s Awakening” on Wednesday evening, Feb. 27, at 7:30 p.m. (Eastern time) at Reynolds Recital Hall on the campus of Northern Michigan University.

Goss will be talking about the life and times of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) and his impact on Finnish nationality. Samples of his music will be performed by members of the NMU Music Department.

At the end of the 1800s, Finland experienced a Golden Age of music and art unprecedented in the country’s history. Among the crowning achievements were the compositions of Jean Sibelius. As the Finns enjoyed the flourishing of the arts, there were pressing social and political issues during a time when Finland was an autonomous Grand Duchy of the Russian Empire. A “political awakening” ensued even as the arts was coming to exciting and abundant life.

Goss, a scholar from the American South and former Professor of Musicology at the University of Georgia, brings a unique perspective to Sibelius and Finland.

She began her research on the dual topic in 1989 in Finland, and has lived in Finland since 1998, writing, editing and teaching at the Sibelius Academy.

Her most recent publication is a major biography of Jean Sibelius, titled Sibelius: A Composer’s Life and the Awakening of Finland (2009).

This lecture is being planned jointly by the League of Finnish-American Societies U.P. Chapter and Finlandia Foundation affiliate, and the Music Department of Northern Michigan University. It is open to the public, and is free of charge.

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