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This Friday, two worlds collide — at least by Twin Cities standards. Conductor Hugh Wolff, well-known to fans of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra for the 19 recordings he did with the SPCO between 1988 and 2000, will cross the river to Minneapolis to lead the Minnesota Orchestra in a concert featuring works by Thomas Adès, Béla Bartók and Felix Mendelssohn.

The concert is called "Hugh Wolff Conducts Mendelssohn," casting the spotlight on Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Opus 56, also known as his "Scottish Symphony." There's nothing particularly Scottish about the music itself, but Mendelssohn said the work was inspired by a visit to Edinburgh.

Whether the music makes you think of Scotland or not, you'll likely find the performance transporting. We're pleased to bring you the live broadcast of this Minnesota Orchestra concert; join host Brian Newhouse on Friday, Feb. 24, at 8 p.m., on Classical MPR.


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