Oct 17, 2009

The tunes of Sibelius filled the room at the Salmagundi Club in New York City on a recent Sunday afternoon. Although much of the music was familiar to Finns and other Sibelius fans, some of the tunes have not commonly been heard arranged for the cello, played with superb skill and passion by Jussi Makkonen, accompanied by Kalle Toivio on piano. Makkonen interspersed the music with interesting background information. The two artists have exactly the same birthday and are on what they jokingly called their “60th Anniversary” tour  (both are 30 years old) and will be heard again in Boston on Saturday, October 17. For information about that event, please contact us at info@finlandcenter.org. For more info about the artists, see www.jussimakkonen.com and www.kalletoivio.com.