Greetings from Scotland


FEBRUARY 9 & 10, 2024 @ 7:30 PM

FEBRUARY 11, 2024 @ 2:00 PM


Section A: $35
Section B: $30
Section C $20
Student Tickets: $5

Join us at Weatherwax Hall as Swedish Chamber Orchestra concertmaster Clara Saitkoulov joins us to play one of the most famous violin concertos by Felix Mendelssohn. The program will begin with a work by Felix’s sister Fanny – a talented composer in her own right whose work is only now gaining the attention it deserves. The evening will conclude with Mendelssohn’s well-known Symphony No. 3 – The Scottish Symphony – a nod towards spring and youth.

Join us for a free, interactive lecture before the concert at 6:30pm.


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Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel
Overture in C major <1832>
The piece features a lively and energetic character, with bold orchestration and expressive melodies that showcase Hensel’s skill as a composer.

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Felix Mendelssohn
Concerto, Violin, op.64, E minor <1844; rev 1845>
This concerto is known for its lyrical melodies and technical challenges. It has become one of the most popular and frequently performed violin concertos in the repertoire.

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Felix Mendelssohn
Symphony No.3, op.56, A minor (Scottish) <1829–1842; rev 1843>
Often referred to as the “Scottish Symphony,” this composition was inspired by Mendelssohn’s travels to Scotland. The symphony features a rich and evocative musical language, with Scottish folk tunes and majestic orchestration that has made it a beloved work in the classical repertoire.

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Sponsored by Commonwealth

Location: Weatherwax Hall (Saturday ONLY)

Keep the celebration going after the baton is down and the instruments are put away. Taking place in various locations around Jackson following Saturday evening concerts, these events are a great opportunity to mingle with musicians, guest artists, composers, other symphony fans, and of course, the Maestro. All are welcome at this event and the $20 ticket buys you entry, hors d’oeuvres provided by Stoyanna’s Catering and drinks.


Clara Saitkoulov

Sponsored by Carlene Walz in Honor of Neil Johnston

Violinist Clara Saitkoulov has imposed herself as one of the most expressive and striking violinists of her generation.

A graduate from the Paris National Superior Conservatory with Boris Garlitsky, the University of Performing Arts in Munich with Ana Chumachenco and Rice University in Houston, USA, with Cho-Liang Lin, Clara has performed as a soloist and in chamber music since age 11 in France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Israel, Russia, the United States, Australia, the United Arab Emirates and South Africa. She is a guest of various festivals and has performed in prestigious venues such as the Tel Aviv Opera, the Salle Gaveau and the Philharmonie in Paris, Carnegie Hall in New York City, to name a few.

Clara has appeared most recently as a soloist with the Tauride Palace Symphony Orchestra (Russia), the St. Petersburg Children’s Philharmonic, the Ensemble Ponticelli (Paris, France), the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra (North Carolina, United States), the Jackson Symphony Orchestra (Michigan, United States) and the Johannesburg Philharmonic (South Africa).

She plays in different chamber music ensembles, and regularly in a piano trio with Roustem Saitkoulov, piano and Claire Oppert, cello. In 2015, the trio recorded a first CD featuring great romantic trios and was awarded the First Prize for the best musical recording of the year (CIMES competition, Slovenia).

Saitkoulov is the First Prize Winner and Special Prize Winner of the Kosciuszko Foundation Wieniawski Violin Competition in New York City, the First Prize and Grand Prize Winner of the Conroe Texas Young Artists Competition, the First Prize Winner of the Hong Kong International Young Music Competition, the First Prize Winner of the LMDC Records Competition (France), the Gold Medalist of the Manhattan International Music Competition, the Second Prize Winner of the New York International Artists Association, the Winner of the Eastern Music Festival Competition and the Third Prize Winner of the 6th UNISA International Strings Competition (Pretoria, South Africa).

Since 2022, Saitkoulov is also the First Concertmaster of the Dalasinfoniettan Orchestra (Sweden).

She plays a violin made by Andrea Guarneri on loan by a private benefactor.


Concert Sponsored in Memory of Bob LaZebnik

Soloist Sponsored by Carlene Walz in Honor of Neil Johnston