Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra to present works by Sibelius, Elgar and Brahms

LEWISBURG — The Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra will perform renowned classical works by Sibelius, Elgar and Brahms at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16, at the Weis Center.

The Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra (HSO) was founded in 1912 and is one of Sweden’s oldest orchestras. Its principal conductors have included Sten Frykberg, John Frandsen, Okko Kamu and Andrew Manze, with whom it has recorded symphonies by Beethoven and Brahms. The HSO with its music director Stefan Solyum is undoubtedly one of the key international leaders and is much sought-after for both concert tours and recording projects.

While at the Weis Center, the orchestra will perform Jean Sibelius’ Valse Triste, Op. 44, No. 1; Sir Edward Elgar’s Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61 with Violin Soloist Catherine Manoukian, and Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 in D major.

In addition to regular guest appearances on major Scandinavian stages, the HSO has had many successes at prominent European venues. Recent engagements include appearances in Munich and Nuremberg. The HSO’s extensive discography has also received rave response and reviews, especially its recordings of the music of Mieczyslaw Weinberg and the complete orchestral works of Lars-Erik Larsson.

Since September 2014, the HSO’s principal conductor is Swedish-born Stefan Solyom, who is also currently the general music director of the Deutsches National Theater and Staatskapelle Weimar. Maestro Solyom has appeared on a regular basis with the HSO since 1998, when he was nineteen years old, and has a highly developed and intimate relationship with the orchestra, based on the kind of mutual familiarity and understanding that comes with years of frequent, intense collaboration.

The HSO and Solyom are constantly combining the traditional with the iconoclastic, and finding fresh and unique ways of expanding their horizons while respecting their origins.

Tickets can be purchased online at Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice or by calling 570-577-1000.