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Mendelssohn’s Italian & Brahms

February 23, 2019 @ 7:30 pm

William Hagen, Violin
Springfield Youth Orchestra, Special Guest
Kevin Rhodes, Conductor

Augusta Read ThomasPrayer and Celebration
Amy BeachRomance
Felix MendelssohnSymphony No. 4, Op. 90, A Major “Italian”
Johannes BrahmsViolin Concerto, Op. 77, D Major

Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony captures, according to its composer, the supreme joy of life in Italy. This sentiment is undeniably felt from the first moment of the symphony to the last.

We continue our celebration of American women composers with a song by Augusta Read Thomas who said “[The] song celebrates lyric, prayerful lines allied to warm harmonies. It is a kind of homage to Mahler, a composer whose music I deeply adore and revere.”

Amy Beach’s ‘Romance’ provides an extra special moment as members of the Springfield Symphony Youth Orchestra join the SSO on stage with guest violinist, William Hagen in celebration of both orchestras’ 75th anniversaries!

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Classical ConversationsMaestro Kevin Rhodes invites you to the Hall at 6:30 p.m. for a lively 30-minute discussion about this evening’s concert.


February 23, 2019
7:30 pm
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