PORTLAND — The Portland Symphony Orchestra’s Tuesday Classical concert on Jan. 24 will feature three works by two composers who were  inspired by their homelands.

The concert, with guest conductor Christopher Warren-Green and violinist Steven Moeckel, will be at 7:30 p.m. at Merrill Auditorium.

The program opens with Finnish composer Jean Sibelius’ Karelia Suite. Composed in 1893, when Sibelius was 28 years old, the suite was commissioned by the University of Helsinki in tribute to the history and traditions of Karelia, Finland.

The second piece in the evening’s concert, also by Sibelius, is his Violin Concerto featuring Moeckel as guest soloist. The composer’s passion for the violin is made clear with this work, the only concerto he wrote.

The final work is Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No. 7, an emotionally charged piece celebrating the composer’s love of Bohemia, his homeland. This melodic work evokes both rustic spirit and romance.

Warren-Green is music director of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and music director and principal conductor of the London Chamber Orchestra. He recently made his debut with the Detroit Symphony, conducting Handel’s “Messiah,” and will conduct the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic and the Sapporo Symphony orchestras in 2011-12. He has a long history of conducting for the royal family of Great Britain, most recently at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Moeckel’s  expression, energy and passion have earned him acclaim throughout Europe, South America and the United States. His notable U.S. appearances include chamber music performances with Leon Fleisher and Menachem Pressler at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival and concerto appearances in repertoire ranging from the Brahms Double Concerto with cellist Andres Diaz to the Red Violin Concerto of John Corigliano.

A Concert Conversation will be held at 6:15 p.m. The PostConcert Q & A on stage with the artists will be followed by a casual gathering at the nearby restaurant Grace.

The concert will be broadcast on MPBN’s Maine Stage at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8.

Tickets range from $20 to $70 with special pricing available for students and seniors. Tickets available through PortTIX.com, by calling 842-0800 or at the box office at 20 Myrtle St. Box office hours are noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Phone and Internet orders subject to a $6-per-ticket PortTIX handling fee.


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