Mussorgsky Overture to Kovanshchina
Menotti Violin Concerto
Mendelssohn Symphony N. 5 "Reformation"
About This Program
Breaking from musical norms and looking to the motherland for inspiration, Modest Mussorgsky strove to achieve a uniquely Russian musical identity. His incredibly evocative Overture to Kovanschina instantly transports you to the grand and enchanting courts of Princes and Tsars.
Refusing to follow the avant-garde musical trends of the 20th century, Gian Carlo Menotti was shunned by critics and loved by the general public. Menotti’s Violin Concerto is a testament to his incredible ability to tell stories through music, even without the aid of one of his dramatic librettos.
Composed at the ripe age of 21, Felix Mendelssohn’s “Reformation” Symphony was meant to celebrate a momentous event of the Protestant Reformation. Full of joy and fire, the work was ultimately shelved for the celebrations, most likely because it wasn’t “Protestant” enough.
1 hour and 30 minutes, with intermission
What You'll Hear