CHATHAM, NJ - Conductor Michael Stratechuk and the musicians of the Metropolitan Orchestra of New Jersey will present the closing, "Spring" concert of the orchestra's 43rd season, 3 p .m. Sunday, May 31, in the Chatham High School Auditorium, 255 Lafayette Ave.
The second symphony is the most popular and most frequently recorded of Jean Sibelius's eight symphonies. It is more skilfully orchestrated than the first symphony. The ideas of form are more mature and the violent Finnish gloom is replaced by a more classical touch and by the light of the Mediterranean.
The heroic and optimistic first and final movements of the symphony were exactly what the Finnish public needed in 1902, during a period of Russian oppression. The first public performance consolidated Sibelius's fame as a national hero. Soon the symphony was also triumphantly acclaimed abroad.