Mäkelä Conducts López Bellido & Mahler 5

Feb 16-18, 2023


In his Fifth Symphony, Mahler embraces all aspects of life. After a tumultuous funeral march, the work’s five movements include folk-inspired dances, a tender love song and a boisterous finale. Noted for his "great affinity with Mahler" (Le Monde), Finnish conductor Klaus Mäkelä pairs the composer’s Fifth Symphony with the U.S. premiere of Aino by Peruvian American composer Jimmy López Bellido.

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The Swan of Tuonela

López Bellido

Aino [United States Premiere, CSO Co-commission]


Symphony No. 5

Sponsors & Partners

Aino is commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra through the generous support of the Helen Zell Commissioning Program.

The appearance of Klaus Mäkelä is made possible by the Juli Plant Grainger Fund for Artistic Excellence.

Mäkelä & Sibelius

Klaus Mäkelä teams up with the Oslo Philharmonic, where he serves as Chief Conductor, to present the complete symphonies of Jean Sibelius. “Mäkelä’s cycle is all of a piece, accomplished and insightful,” says Gramophone, “full of the beauty and intrigue that make these works so perennially exciting.” Available for a limited time at the Symphony Store.

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