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Mälkki Conducts Stravinsky and Lara

Mar 29 - Mar 31


Felipe Lara’s Double Concerto, written specifically for flutist Claire Chase and jazz bassist and singer esperanza spalding, employs a vast array of effects from both soloists. In Petrushka Stravinsky created an exciting new world of sound — shifting rhythms and keys, and echoes of a barrel organ — to tell the story of a puppet love triangle set at a Shrovetide Fair. Susanna Mälkki conducts. 

Mälkki Conducts Stravinsky and Lara


7:30 PM




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2:00 PM




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Wu Tsai Theater, David Geffen Hall


2 Hours with Intermission

Program To Include


The Unanswered Question

Felipe Lara

Double Concerto


Petrushka (1947 version)



  • Susanna Mälkki


    Susanna Mälkki is sought after at the highest level with symphony orchestras and in opera houses worldwide. In the 2022–23 season she concludes her seven-year tenure as chief conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra with a distinctive dynamism and imaginative flair to her programming. In addition to her full season in Finland, she leads the orchestra on tour to the prestigious Lucerne and Edinburgh Festivals and in concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York City and The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

    Mälkki regularly appears with top orchestras throughout Europe and North America, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic — where she served as principal guest conductor from 2017 until 2022 — and the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Berlin Philharmonic.

    Equally in demand with major opera houses, her past notable appearances include the Opéra national de Paris, Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, Vienna Staatsoper, and The Metropolitan Opera. This season she visits The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, leading Kaija Saariaho’s Innocence (which Mälkki premiered in 2021 at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence), and Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu to preside over Puccini’s Il trittico. Future opera engagements include Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande and Beethoven’s Fidelio.

    Recognized for her significant contribution to the art form, Susanna Mälkki was awarded the Pro Finlandia Medal of the Order of the Lion of Finland — one of the country’s highest honors — in 2011. In France, she was made the Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2014 and in January 2016 was made a Chevalier of the Légion d’honneur. She is a fellow of London’s Royal Academy of Music and a member of Stockholm’s Kungliga Musikaliska Akademien. In October 2016 she was named Musical America’s 2017 Conductor of the Year, and in November 2017 she was awarded the Nordic Council Music Prize.

    Learn more about Susanna Mälkki
  • Claire Chase


    Claire Chase is a flutist, interdisciplinary artist, and educator. She co-founded the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) in 2001, was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2012, and in 2017 was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize from Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

    Learn more about Claire Chase
  • esperanza spalding


    esperanza spalding (also known as irma nejando, or, i.e.) is a being who has grown to recognize love in the abstract and aspirational, and is now fully dedicated to learning how she can serve and embody actualized love through honor for and receptivity to fellow humans, teachers, and practitioners of various regenerative arts. Bass, piano, composition, performance, voice, and lyrics are tools and disciplines she is engaged in deeply to cultivate her own channel for transmitting care and beauty through vibration / sound / presence. She has written an opera with Wayne Shorter, which was premiered in the fall of 2021. She is currently developing a mockumentary in collaboration with brontë velez and the San Francisco Symphony; researching liberation technologies in jazz and black dance; and continuing a lifelong collaboration with practitioners in various fields relating to music, healing, and cognition to develop music with enhanced therapeutic potential. esperanza spalding is presently engaged by Harvard University to co-create and learn with students enrolled there, working on developing creative practices that serve the restoration of people and land.

Special Thanks

Susanna Mälkki’s appearance is made possible through the Charles A. Dana Distinguished Conductors Endowment Fund.

The March 30 concert is supported by Edna Mae and Leroy Fadem, loyal subscribers since 1977.


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