Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony


Inspired by seeing the ruins and moors of Scotland, and especially Mary Queen of Scots’s Holyrood Castle on a walking tour, Mendelssohn created his aptly named Third Symphony. Its pages are filled with both dark, meditative strains, as well as lively and spirited passages, but its emotional heart beats in the beautiful, stately Adagio. Our principal winds gather for the world premiere of a concerto commissioned for them by the DSO from one of the most sought-after American composers, Sean Shepherd, praised for possessing “a fantastic gift for orchestral color.” (The New York Times)