Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia Opens 2013-14 Season with Mendelssohn, Beethoven This Weekend
The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia opens their 2013 - 2014 concert season with beloved works by Mendelssohn and Beethoven. Warner Classics' (formerly EMI Classics) pianist HJ Lim joins Music Director Dirk Brossé and The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia for Mendelssohn | Beethoven today, September 15 and Monday, September 16. These concerts are in collaboration with Warner Classics and Yamaha.
A founding resident company of The KimMel Center for the Performing Arts, the Chamber Orchestra's September 15 2:30 p.m. and September 16 7:30 p.m. concerts will be performed in theKimMel Center's intimate Perelman Theater.
Tickets for Chamber Orchestra performances are $24 to $81. The Sunday matinee performance will be followed by "Classical Conversations," a brief question-and-answer session with Maestro Brossé and Ms. Lim.
Felix Mendelssohn | Overture to a Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 26
Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream is well known in the classical music world - as a Balanchine ballet; for the famous incidental pieces such as the Scherzo, Nocturne, and the Wedding March; and for the overture. Mendelssohn wrote the overture to a Midsummer Night's Dream when he was seventeen years old, and the piece is known as one of his most popular works.
Felix Mendelssohn | Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25
Mendelssohn's First Piano Concerto was written during his "grand tour" visit to Italy in 1830-1831, and was published three days after its completion. The concerto introduced new concepts, such as introducing the soloist seven bars after the opening, connecting the three movements together with linking passages unifying the work more thoroughly, and bringing back the first movement's theme toward the finale of the piece. Mendelssohn himself was the soloist when the work was premiered in Munich, Germany on October 17, 1832.
Ludwig van Beethoven | Symphony No. 4 in B-flat Major, Op. 60