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Mendelssohn’s Italian & Brahms

February 23 @ 7:30 pm

Rachel Barton Pine, Violin
Springfield Youth Orchestra, Special Guest
Kevin Rhodes, Conductor

Felix Mendelssohn – Symphony No. 4, Op. 90, A Major “Italian”
Johannes Brahms – Violin Concerto, Op. 77, D Major
Augusta Read Thomas – Prayer and Celebration 

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. Prolific celebrity violinist, and SSO audience favorite, Rachel Barton Pine returns to Springfield to play Brahms’ only violin concerto on an instrument chosen by Brahms himself!

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.” Our Springfield Youth Orchestra will join the Springfield Symphony Orchestra on stage during this piece to celebrate our joint 75th Anniversary Seasons.

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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
7:30 pm
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