A name you might not be familiar with, Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928 – 2016) is widely recognised as the most popular Finnish composer since Jean Sibelius. Rautavaara composed prolifically in almost every form and style of classical music, using lush soundscapes in a careful balance between originality and a more traditional Romantic style. His Seventh Symphony explores the Finnish tradition of mysticism in music. Moody with swirling strings and burnished brass, Angel of Light – inspired by childhood dreams and revelations – premiered in 1994. Be the among the first to hear a brand-new work for two horns and orchestra by Melbourne-based composer May Lyon, featuring the MSO’s own Nicolas Fleury and Rachel Shaw. PROGRAM SIBELIUS Finlandia LYON Opal: Concerto for Two Horns RAUTAVAARA Symphony No.7: Angel of Light FEATURING Benjamin Northey, conductor Nicolas Fleury, horn Rachel Shaw, horn Finlandia Op.26 by Jean Sibelius is used by permission of Breitkopf & Haertel, Wiesbaden, Germany. Symphony No.7 Angel of Light by Einojuhani Rautavaara is used by permission of Hal Leonard Australia Pty. Ltd.