The Charleston Symphony Orchestra presents

Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony

Jan-Marie Joyce, Viola
Ken Lam, Conductor
Mar 28, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
$25-$114 (+applicable fees)
Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony @ Charleston Gaillard Center

RESCHEDULING – The Charleston Symphony Orchestra is working to reschedule the performances on March 27 and 28 for a later date and will send out more information once the date is confirmed. For any questions or concerns regarding the performances, please reach out to the Charleston Symphony Orchestra’s Director of Patron Services, Cindy Branch at (843) 723-7528 ext. 110. 

The inspiration for Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphonywas, unsurprisingly, a trip to Scotland. Mendelssohn reportedly enjoyed his time in Edinburgh immensely, touring the highlands, meeting with famous writer Sir Walter Scott, and attending bagpipe competitions. Were Mendelssohn an ordinary tourist, he may have commemorated his travels with a souvenir or two, but thankfully for us, he instead chose to write a symphony. Mendelssohn wrote the melody that would ultimately form his third symphony while in Scotland, although it was not until 13 years and two symphonies later that he finally finished what we now know as the Scottish Symphony.

Also on the evening’s program is Béla Bartók’s Viola Concerto, a technically-challenging piece written by the Hungarian composer while he was in the final stages of fighting leukemia. In the 70 years since its premiere, Bartók’s final composition has arguably become the most widely-played viola concerto in the world. CSO Principal Violist Jan-Marie Joyce will perform.

Ruy Blas Overture 

Viola Concerto 

Symphony No. 3 (Scottish)

Please note Orchestra Row DD will be the front row of seating for this performance.