Music Director, Ken Lam, conducts the Charleston Symphony Orchestra's opening Masterworks concert of the 2017-2018 season featuring Johannes Brahms' sunny Symphony No. 2. Guest artist, Julian Schwarz, joins the orchestra in performing Lalo's Concerto for Violoncello playing a cello made in Naples by Gennaro Gagliano in 1743. This exciting program opens with Dv'k's tone poem, Midday Witch, based on an eerie Czech folktale.
Born in Seattle into a musical family, cellist Julian Schwarz is already being recognized as a cellist destined to rank among the finest of the 21st century. Mr. Schwarz made his orchestral debut at the age of 11 playing the Saint-Saens Concerto No. 1 with the Seattle Symphony with his father, Gerard Schwarz, on the podium. Since then, he has appeared with the Seattle, San Diego, Puerto Rico, Hartford, Charlotte, Columbus (OH), San Antonio, Sarasota, Grand Rapids and Wichita symphonies, as well as the Louisville Orchestra, Chicago Camerata and the Symphony Silicon Valley, among others. Mr. Schwarz currently performs on a cello made in Naples by Gennaro Gagliano in 1743.