Classical Music

Acclaimed Finnish conductor to lead NWS in U.S. premiere of countrywoman’s concerto


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Susanna Mälkki conducts the New World Symphony at New World Center in Miami Beach at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $29-$116 at or 800-597-3331.

South Florida Classical Review

A petite, dark-haired woman walked into the orchestra pit at La Scala, the illustrious Milan opera house that has seen the world premieres of works by Bellini, Verdi and Puccini. Susanna Mälkki was making history that day, becoming the first woman to conduct the opera company once presided over by Arturo Toscanini. The fact that this particular glass ceiling was not shattered until 2011 was treated as something of an embarrassment for La Scala.

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