Masterworks Series 

Sibelius’s Second

Saturday September 29 at 8:00pm

Old Cabell Hall

Sunday September 30 at 3:30pm

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Performing Arts Center

Benjamin Rous, Conductor

Ayn Balija, Viola


BOWEN  Viola Concerto in C minor, Op. 25 (1907)

MUSGRAVE  Song of the Enchanter (1990)

SIBELIUS  Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43 (1902)

Previous Charlottesville Symphony performances: April 1976, April 1990, April 1998 and April 2012.

About the Program

Music Director Benjamin Rous opens the orchestra’s 44th season with Sibelius’s majestic Second Symphony. Beloved for its optimistic tone and triumphant finale, it remains the composer’s most popular symphony. It’s paired with Thea Musgrave’s mystical Song of the Enchanter, written to commemorate Sibelius’s 125th birthday, and a rarely-performed gem: York Bowen’s grandly romantic Viola Concerto of 1907, featuring Principal Violist Ayn Balija.

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The 2018-19 season is made possible in part by a major gift from The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation.


Join UVA Associate Professor of Music Richard Will for a Pre-Concert Lecture on Saturday, September 29 at 7:15pm in the Minor Hall Auditorium.

The Symphony is pleased to offer online recordings of Professor Will’s Saturday lectures free of charge. All Sunday ticket holders will receive an email at 6am on Sunday, September 30 with a link to the lecture recording.

For more information about Pre-Concert Lectures, including directions and an archive of all lecture recordings, click here.


Tickets will be available for sale at the door on both Saturday night, 9/29, and Sunday afternoon, 9/30. Saturday night, the Box Office will open in the Old Cabell Hall lobby beginning at 7:00pm. Sunday afternoon, the Box Office will open in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Performing Arts Center lobby at 2:30pm. The Box Office accepts cash, cards and checks. NOTE: after 4:30pm on Friday, 9/28, tickets for the Sunday performance will only be available at the door on Sunday.

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