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All-Scottish-themed music, guest violinist Adele Anthony, and a bagpiper help the DPO bring the heather home

On Friday and Saturday, March 24 and 25 at 8 pm, the land of Robbie Burns and Sir Walter Scott will stand revealed in all its wonder in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center. Music Director Neal Gittleman and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will present an evening of music composed with Scotland for inspiration.

The program begins with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’s An Orkney Wedding with Sunrise, which features a bagpiper in full regalia entering from the back of the Mead Theatre at the remarkable climax of the piece. Playing an outstanding violin, crafted in 1728 in Cremona by Antonio Stradivarius, Australian violinist Adele Anthony – also known to classical music aficionados as Mrs. Gil Shaham – takes the stage by storm with Max Bruch’s fiery Scottish Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra, op. 46. To complete this musical tour of Scotland, the DPO performs Felix Mendelssohn’s heather-tinged musical tribute, the Symphony No. 3 in A minor, op. 56, known as the Scottish.

Come early at 7 p.m. to get in the Scottish mood! Join us in the Wintergarden for dancing and bag piping presented by the St. Andrew Society Pipe Band, the Miami Valley Pipe Band, and the Highland Dancers, directed by Cathy Caldwell.

Compunet Clinical Laboratories co-sponsors Friday’s concert; Coolidge, Wall, Womsley, & Lombard and Hauer Music Company co-sponsor Saturday’s concert.