The conductor will now play clarinet

Osmo Vänskä will conduct the Iceland Symphony Orchestra tonight in Shostakovich 6.

Before that, for the first time in many years, he will play the clarinet in a performance of Messiaen’s Quatuor pour la fin du temps during the same concert.

Here’s why.

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  • Maestro Vänskä has performed on the clarinet twice in Philadelphia -once a few years ago (Mozart Clarinet Quintet) in a Philadelphia Orchestra “post-concert,” and (on February 2, 2018) with the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. The latter featured Vänskä with the AKS Trio (Lydia Artymiw, Erin Keefe – Vanska’s wife – and Wilhelmina Smith). They played:
    Beethoven: Clarinet Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 11
    Milhaud: Suite for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano, Op. 157b
    Aho: Eros for Violin and Clarinet [Philadelphia Premiere].

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