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The Charleston Symphony Orchestra presents

Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony

Jan-Marie Joyce, Viola
Ken Lam, Conductor
March 27, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
$25-$114 (+applicable fees)
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Mendelssohn's Scottish Symphony @ Charleston Gaillard Center | Charleston | South Carolina | United States

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.