SPRINGFIELD, MASS, FEB. 28, 2017 — Scotland’s lochs and Highlands have captured the imagination of poets and artists for centuries, and on March 11, Scottish magic will come to Springfield Symphony Hall with the program “Scotland — a Celebration.” The evening’s performance will include three works inspired by the Scottish Isles, crafted by German composers Max Bruch and Felix Mendelssohn. Maestro Kevin Rhodes and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra (SSO) will be joined by visiting violinist, Yevgeny Kutik.
Felix Mendelssohn’s love affair with the Scottish Isles will, quite literally, take center stage on March 11 with two compositions inspired by Scotland’s majestic geography. “Mendelssohn made what turned out to be a memorable trip to Scotland,” explained Maestro Rhodes, in reference to the composer’s 1829 visit. “And among the gifts he gave the world in memory of those experiences are his atmospheric ‘Hebrides Overture’ and the beautifully melodic ‘Scottish Symphony’”.
Following a walking tour of Scotland, Mendelssohn began to craft his “Symphony No. 3,” a symphonic tour led gently by the orchestra’s woodwinds. During his time on the Hebrides Islands off the west coast of Scotland, the composer visited Fingal’s Cave, a majestic natural cathedral that echoes the nearby surf. The experience inspired his work “The Hebrides,” to be included in the evening’s program. Mendelssohn reportedly penned the work’s opening theme while visiting the cave, and crafted the overture’s secondary theme to emulate the sound of the crashing waves heard in its interior.
The evening’s centerpiece will be Max Bruch’s “Scottish Fantasy,” inspired by the composer’s love for Scotland’s folk music. “Bruch’s composition exploits the wonderfully sentimental and lyrical qualities of the violin,” said Rhodes, noting that this work will be in good hands with the return of visiting violinist, Yevgeny Kutik. A Russian-American violinist, Kutik’s style is described as featuring “dark-hued tone and razor-sharp technique” by The New York Times. His return to the Springfield Symphony Hall stage is sure to make “Scotland — a Celebration” a musical night to remember.
In order to enhance patron’s concert experience, an informal half-hour discussion takes place before each Classical Concert at 6:30p.m. in Symphony Hall. On this evening, the discussion will be led by Sal Macchia, Principal Bass with the SSO, Music Professor at UMass Amherst and Composer. Classical Conversations discussions are free to all ticket holders.
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. with doors open at 6:00 p.m. All SSO performances are held at Springfield Symphony Hall, 34 Court Street, Springfield, Mass. To purchase tickets, contact the SSO Box office at 413-733- 2291, springfieldsymphony.org or stop in at the Box Office at 1441 Main Street, Springfield, Mass.