Press Release: British Isles, Masterworks IV features Concertmaster Erin Aldridge as soloist

DULUTH, Minnesota – The Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra launches into the second half of its Grand Adventures season with their fourth Masterworks concert, British Isles, sponsored by U.S. Bank.

What: British Isles // Masterworks IV
When: Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 7 pm.
Where: Symphony Hall at the DECC

Music director Dirk Meyer and the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra are excited for a Minnesota premiere performance of Dame Ethel Smyth’s “On the Cliffs of Cornwall” from her opera The Wreckers. Smyth, an English composer and active suffragette, composed six operas and various chamber orchestra, and vocal works in her lifetime. Smyth passionately kept music in her life even when she spent two months in prison after participating in a window-smashing campaign against politicians during the women’s suffrage movement. A friend of hers reported that while visiting, suffragettes were marching in the quadrangle singing, while Smyth leaned out of her cell window conducting the song with a toothbrush.

DSSO concertmaster, Erin Aldridge, will then join the Orchestra as our soloist in Max Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy, a violin concerto based on Scottish melodies. Scottish Fantasy is sponsored by Christabel and James Grant, two long-time DSSO supporters and British Isles natives. Aldridge has been a member of the DSSO since 2003, beginning her tenure in the first violin section, and was then named concertmaster in the spring of 2005. She is a magnificent performer that will leave you absolutely stunned; the DSSO is honored to have her soloing with her peers for this concert.

The evening will finish with Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations. Elgar wrote 14 variations, one for each of his good friends or colleagues. Each musical miniature perfectly summarizes the character of the friend in question. The most heartfelt variation, called Nimrod, Elgar wrote for his best friend, August Jaeger. The process behind the name is more cordial than it may seem. Nimrod refers to an Old Testament patriarch described as “a mighty hunter before the Lord,” Jäger being German for hunter. It has become Elgar’s most famous and beloved piece.

For a preview of the night’s repertoire visit (playlist does not include Smyth’s piece)

Tickets start at $20 and are available through the DSSO box office at 130 W Superior St. Suite LL2 120, 218-623-DSSO (3776). Tickets can also be purchased in person at the DECC ticket office – 350 Harbor Drive,, or by calling Ticketmaster 1-800-745-3000 taxes and service fees do apply. Student and Military tickets are also available for just $10 with a valid ID.

Music director Dirk Meyer is available for interviews February 4-8; please contact Melissa Lentz or Heidi Lord to schedule a time.

For full season information visit