Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto
MELBOURNE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
PART OF SYMPHONIC: AN ORCHESTRAL AND CHORAL SERIES.
Ray Chen is Australia’s golden boy of the violin: winning hearts around the world with his incredible skill and charming stage presence. Chen joins the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for Mendelssohn’s famous Violin Concerto, but not before Rossini’s sparkling overture to his opera The Italian Girl in Algiers sets the tone for this high-energy program.
The first movement of Mendelssohn’s concerto starts with a theme that tormented the composer for years, before he could begin serious work on the piece. It’s followed by a lyrical andante movement, and then finale that will bubble and fizz like champagne in Ray Chen’s very capable hands.
Then it’s double trouble with a touch of Venetian zest, as Chen teams up with the orchestra’s Concertmaster Dale Barltrop in a concerto for two violins by Vivaldi.
And what better way to finish such a vibrant concert than with Schubert’s Third Symphony, with its sunny charm and a dizzying finale.
Dale Barltrop: Director/violin
Ray Chen: Violin
Rossini: L’Italiana in Algeri Overture
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto
Vivaldi: Concerto for 2 violins in A minor
Schubert: Symphony No. 3