Grieg’s Lyric Suite, a beautiful, moving piece by the Norwegian composer, is first up on this concert. The CSO’s own principal flute, Kristen Holritz, performs Nielsen’s Flute Concerto. Nielsen wrote the piece specifically for the flute player in the Copenhagen Wind Quintet. The piece is known for beautiful combinations of musical dialogue between the flute and the clarinet, bass trombone, timpani or full orchestra. Swans were the inspiration for Sibelius’ 5th Symphony. The majestic, exhilarating and poignant piece showcases Sibelius’ deepening connection between music and nature.