‘Youthful Genius On Display’ – should be the billboard on top of the theater for this concert. Mendelssohn was all of seventeen when he began a lifelong love of Shakespeare’s great comedy. He wrote the Overture to ‘A Midusmmer Night’s Dream’ for no particular reason, only because he loved the story. What is even more astonishing is that many years later when he was asked to write incidental music for a complete performance of the play, he perfectly re-captured his youthful high spirits for the new music. Schubert too was only in his early twenties when he wrote the overture we now call ‘Rosamunde’. Its original title is The Magic Harp. After a very serious start, this overture breaks into that simple joy that is Schubert’s trademark.

The Romantic Concert

11/06/2015, 8:00 PM to 10:00 AM

Royce Auditorium, St. Cecilia Music Center map

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"Youthful Genius On Display" should be the billboard on top of the theater for this concert. Mendelssohn was all of 17 when he began a lifelong love of Shakespeare’s great comedy. He wrote the overture to A Midusmmer Night’s Dream for no particular reason, only because he loved the story. What is even more astonishing is that many years later when he was asked to write incidental music for a complete performance of the play, he perfectly re-captured his youthful high spirits for the new music. Schubert too was only in his early twenties when he wrote the overture we now call Rosamunde. Its original title is The Magic Harp. After a very serious start, this overture breaks into that simple joy that is Schubert’s trademark. 

SCHUBERT
Overture to Rosamunde, Op. 26
MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto
MENDELSSOHN Selections from A Midsummer Night's Dream

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John Varineau, Conductor   Yaegy Park, Violin