Critic’s Choice

By Lawrence Budmen


Osmo Vänskä‘s appearances with the New World Symphony have produced some of the most distinguished concerts of recent seasons. The Finnish music director of the Minnesota Orchestra returns to the Miami Beach podium this weekend. Vänskä has led outstanding performances of symphonies by Sibelius and Nielsen, two Scandinavian masters, in previous local outings.

This time he conducts two works that exemplify 19th century German romanticism–Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3 (“Scottish”) and Schumann’s Piano Concerto. Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan, an artist of distinctive musical and artistic intelligence, is soloist in the Schumann. Conducting fellow Dean Whiteside opens the program with Winter Sky (part of a musical portrait of the galactic constellation Orion) by the contemporary Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho.

Osmo Vänskä conducts the New World Symphony 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the New World Center in Miami Beach.; 305-673-3331.

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