Mozart and Mendelssohn
Reaching for the Stars
Rossini composes with such wit and verve that the infectious nature of his opera overtures means that the tunes are part of pop culture, often used in music for TV ads. They make a great way to open a concert, full of energy and fizz. “La scala di seta” overture features cascades of notes which thrill the ear and set toes tapping.
Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 1 is infrequently played compared to his later symphonies, notably the “Scotch”, “Italian”, and “Reformation” symphonies. This will be the first performance of this symphony by the KCCO, and we don’t know why we’ve waited so long!
Bristling with drama and the creative energy of a master, Mendelssohn was 15 when he
composed it! Five years later, he conducted its public premiere in London at the Royal
Philharmonic Society, an august body that commissioned his “Italian” Symphony and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
Mozart’s final symphony, the magnificent “Jupiter” symphony, displays the master composer at the fullest manifestation of his genius. The culmination and unleashing of musical forces is one of the most powerful experiences in the concert hall: thrilling and life affirming, crowning Mozart’s achievement as one of the greatest composers for orchestra.