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Photo: Askonas Holt
Matthew Halls | © Askonas Holt

Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony

Fri Jan 13 — Sat Jan 14, 2023

Orchestra Hall

British conductor Matthew Halls makes his Minnesota Orchestra debut, leading the ensemble in Mendelssohn’s marvelous Symphony No. 3, the young composer’s effervescent depiction of the Scottish Highlands. Up first, American composer Adolphus Hailstork’s poignant Epitaph for a Man Who Dreamed pays homage to Martin Luther King, Jr. on the occasion of the 94th anniversary of his birth, and German cellist Alban Gerhardt returns to the solo spotlight to play Schumann’s remarkably passionate Cello Concerto.

A Few Things to Know

  1. In a composer’s note in the score of Epitaph for a Man Who Dreamed, Adolphus Hailstork comments that this piece has “...no virtuosity. There are no sudden dramatic effects.” He says this music acknowledges that “a great man is being buried.”
  2. “The calm authority and probing insight make [Alban Gerhardt] one of the finest cellists around — expressive, unshowy and infinitely classy,” says The Guardian.
  3. Gerhardt has collaborated with contemporary composers including Jörg Widmann, Unsuk Chin, Brett Dean, Julian Anderson and Matthias Pintscher, and he often commits to memorizing their scores before a world premiere performance.
  4. In addition to guest conducting engagements around the world, Matthew Halls was recently announced as the next chief conductor and artistic director of Finland’s Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra beginning with the 2023-24 season.

Date & Time





    Epitaph for a Man Who Dreamed (In memoriam: Martin Luther King, Jr.)


    Cello Concerto


    Symphony No. 3, Scottish


Minnesota Orchestra

Matthew Halls


Alban Gerhardt


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