Gemma New, “one of the brightest rising stars in the conducting firmament” (St. Louis Post Dispatch), returns to guide the MSO through the adventure of Sibelius's Second Symphony. Though Sibelius denied any political story behind the Second’s music, patriotic hearts have adopted it anyway — the symphony’s heroic feelings of hope and triumph are impossible to ignore. Opening the program is Szymanowski's Second Violin Concerto, a lyrical journey rich with color, and made even richer in the hands of violin virtuoso Vadim Gluzman.