Scot Free

February 10, 2018  •  8:00 pm

@ Thomas Wolfe Auditorium

Garry Walker, conductor Elena Urioste, violin

  Arnold Four Scottish Dances Debussy Marche écossaise Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3, “Scottish”

As a Scot, I am naturally aware and proud of the impact of the Scottish diaspora in America. Even Uncle Sam’s parents were Scottish, and (whisper it quietly) Mickey Mouse was voiced for 40 years by a man from Dundee! So it is a great pleasure to perform this wonderful program. Mendelssohn visited Scotland in 1829, and it affected him greatly. I can think of few pieces which can juxtapose a religious procession, a ceilidh dance, a love song and a fast Strathspey! The Debussy is a little gem, seeming to emerge out of the Scottish mists. Bruch’s timeless First Violin Concerto needs no introduction, of course, but you might not know that Bruch’s interest in Scotland ran deep too. The Malcolm Arnold Dances exude Scottish character; listen for the bassoon solo in the second dance!

Garry Walker
Winner of the 1999 Leeds Conductor’s Competition, Scottish-born Garry Walker was recently appointed music director of Germany’s Rheinische Philharmonie Koblenz. He is also artistic director of conducting at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Walker was permanent guest conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, principal guest conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and now enjoys a close association with Red Note Ensemble, Scotland’s premier contemporary music ensemble. Walker’s acclaimed American conducting debut was with the Utah Symphony Orchestra in the 2011-2012 season. View all conductor finalists.


Elena Urioste
Hailed by The Washington Post for playing “with equal parts passion, sensuality, brains and humor,” Urioste has played with major orchestras throughout the U.S. and has regularly performed in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium.

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