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An Enigmatic Evolution

  • Twichell Auditorium 580 East Main St. Spartanburg, SC 29302 United States (map)

The SPO is proud to premiere "Dreamtime Ancestors," written by critically acclaimed composer Christopher Theofanidis.

Then, Kristin Lee will perform the hauntingly beautiful "Violin Concerto" by Jean Sibelius. Lee is a violinist of remarkable versatility and impeccable technique who enjoys a vibrant career as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician, and she was recently honored with the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant!

Sarah Ioannides will then lead the orchestra on an epic journey into the world of Edward Elgar’s "Enigma Variations" to complete a memorable evening at the symphony!

Korean-American violinist, Kristin Lee, has been praised by The Strad for her “rare stylistic aptness” and “mastery of tone and rare mood in a performer of any age.” A violinist of remarkable versatility and impeccable technique, Ms. Lee enjoys a vibrant career as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician, and is equally noted for her growing reputation in collaborations with various genres of music.

Upcoming engagements include debut recitals New York’s Merkin Concert Hall and Florida’s Kravis Center and debuts with the Guiyang Symphony Orchestra of China and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Lee is also curating a program that premieres at Philadelphia’s World Cafe Live and New York's (Le) Poisson Rouge, in which she is commissioning composer/performers to write music for the violin and steelpan, guitar, theremin, and carnatic South Indian singing. In the 2013-2014 season, she also tours with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in Arizona, Kansas, New York, California, Michigan, Illinois, Dresden, Germany, and Dubrovnik to Venice.

A winner of Astral Artists’ 2010 National Auditions and a top prizewinner of the 2012 Walter W. Naumburg Competition, Ms. Lee has appeared as soloist with The Philadelphia Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, New Mexico Symphony, Albany Symphony, the Ural Philharmonic of Russia, the Korean Broadcasting Symphony of Korea, and many others. She has appeared on the world’s finest concert stages, including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, the Kennedy Center, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, the Metropolitan Museum, Steinway Hall’s Salon de Virtuosi, the Louvre Museum in Paris, and Korea’s Kumho Art Gallery. She has been featured on the Ravinia Festival’s Rising Stars Series, and has toured throughout northern Italy. In April 2012, Ms. Lee organized a memorial concert at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center for the victims of the Oikos University shooting. Read more....


  • Theofanides, Dreamtime Ancestors

  • Sibelius, Concerto for Violin in d minor, Op. 47

    • Allegro moderato

    • Adagio di molto

    • Allegro, ma non tanto

  • Elgar, Variations, Op. 36 "Enigma Variations"

    • Theme, Andante

    • Var. I, L'istesso tempo (C.A.E.)

    • Var. II, Allegro (H.D.S-P.)

    • Var. III, Allegretto (R.B.T.)

    • Var. IV, Allegro di molto (W.M.B.)

    • Var. V, Moderato (R.P.A.)

    • Var. VI, Andantino (Ysobel)

    • Var. VII, Presto (Troyte)

    • Var. VIII, Allegretto (W.N.)

    • Var. IX, Adagio (Nimrod)

    • Var. X, Intermezzo: Allegretto (Dorabella)

    • Var. XI, Allegro di molto (G.R.S.)

    • Var. XII, Andante (B.G.N.)

    • Var. XIII, Romanza: Moderato ( * * * )

    • Var. XIV, Finale: Allegro (E.D.U.)


Earlier Event: October 2
Espresso #1: German Blend
Later Event: November 20
Espresso #2: French Roast