A crucible of musical history and a cultural crossroads for centuries, the city of London has drawn the likes of Mendelssohn and Mozart from afar and nurtured the talents of Britain’s finest composers.
MCO celebrates the musical spirit of Britain in this program of vibrant colors and contrasts, including music from the eight-year-old Mozart’s divinely charming London Sketchbook, Mendelssohn’s timeless masterpiece the Hebrides Overture, and atmospheric cameos by Warlock, Ireland and Byrd.
Grace Clifford is one of the great violin soloists of the next generation. Not yet 18, Grace made many fans as she won the coveted Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year in 2014. She joins MCO to perform Vaughan-William’s transcendent Lark Ascending and one of the most enduring of all concerti, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor.
MENDELSSOHN Hebrides Overture Op 26
IRELAND Concertino Pastorale: II Threnody
MOZART The London Sketchbook K15: p, q, s, u (arr string orchestra)
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS The Lark Ascending
BYRD Sing joyfully (arr string orchestra)
WARLOCK Capriol Suite
MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto in E minor Op 64
Grace Clifford VIOLIN
William Hennessy DIRECTOR
Michael Dahlenburg CONDUCTOR