MasterWorks V: Sunday With Sibelius

Sunday, february 16th, 2025 | 3:00pm

Umstattd Hall | Zimmermann Symphony Center
2331 17th St. NW
Canton, OH 44708


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This concert will be conducted by CSO Music Director, Matthew Jenkins Jaroszewicz.

You can almost feel the crisp, Arctic air on your face and see the sun glistening on a vast tundra of freshly fallen snow when listening to Jean Sibelius’ first symphony, audibly influenced by life in his native Finland. At times cold and bleak while at others warm and shimmering, it is the perfect piece for a chilly, February afternoon in Canton. First up is a concert overture by fellow 19th century Scandinavian Elfrida Andreé, whose music makes its first ever appearance in Canton at this concert. We are also delighted to showcase the talents of concertmaster Konrad Kowal, who will play Max Bruch’s romantic first violin concerto to round out the program. We hope you join us to bring a bit of warmth into your February with some sweeping Scandinavian romanticism!


SYMPHONY NO. 1 IN E MINOR……………………….Jean Sibelius

Pre-Concert Lecture

There will be a pre-concert lecture prior to this concert at 2:00pm in Foundation Hall.


Konrad Kowal

Konrad Kowal is a Chicago born Polish-American violinist. He currently studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) with Dr. Olga Kaler and Professor Malcolm Lowe, working towards a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree.

Konrad serves as the concertmaster of the Canton Symphony Orchestra and the Lexington Bach Festival Orchestra. He also performs with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and CityMusic Cleveland. He has previously served as concertmaster of the DePaul Symphony Orchestra, Chautauqua Music Festival Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Opera, and the CIM Orchestra, working with conductors such as Cliff Colnot, Timothy Muffitt, and Carlos Kalmar among others.

As a soloist, Konrad was a winner of the Park Ridge Civic Orchestra Scholarship Competition, received honorable mention in the DePaul Concerto Competition, and was a semi-finalist in the Kosciuszko Foundation Wieniawski Competition. He has had lessons and masterclasses with world-renowned artists such as Ilya Kaler, Robert Chen, Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, and Yo-Yo Ma among others and regularly performs solo and chamber music recitals in Chicago and Cleveland.

In addition to performance, Konrad is a dedicated teacher, who has taught privately since 2014, and since 2019 has been the teaching assistant of Dr. Olga Kaler.

Konrad plays on a violin made by Joseph Curtin.

Composer Spotlights


Elfrida Andrée


Max Bruch


Jean Sibelius

This concert is supported by: