In the first concert of the Snow Concert Hall International Series, international flute star Ana de la Vega will open as soloist together with Melbourne Chamber Orchestra.
The beautifully balanced program will open with Mozart’s most famous and loved orchestral work, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik followed by Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings – one of the most recognisable pieces of classical music in the world. It has become the semi-official music for mourning, used at Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s funeral and after JFK’s assassination. But somewhere along the way, it has transformed from an anthem of sadness to one of uplifting joy. The first half closes with one of Vivaldi’s most celebrated and virtuosic flute concertos, Tempesta di Mare or ‘Storm of the Sea’.
Edward Elgar’s luscious Serenade for Strings opens the second half and can stake a healthy claim as one of the very first works ever written by Elgar. It is not only one of Elgar’s earliest compositions, but also one of the most frequently performed of all his orchestral works. Later in life the English giant professed this little jewel of a piece to be his personal favourite of all his works.
The evening comes to a frivolous, sparkling and virtuosic close with Carl Stamitz’ Flute Concerto in D, a piece de la Vega recorded to world-wide acclaim on Dutch label Pentatone together with Norway’s famed Trondheim Soloists.
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20 May 23
WHERE + WHEN
CANBERRA 20-05-2023 7:00pm Snow Concert Hall
“A CELEBRATION OF STRING POWER”
The Age on MCO
Ana de la Vega FLUTE
Sophie Rowell PRINCIPAL VIOLIN
MELBOURNE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
MOZART Eine kleine Nachtmusik (“A Little Night Music”)
BARBER Adagio for Strings
VIVALDI Flute Concerto La tempesta di mare ("The Storm at Sea")
ELGAR Dover Beach
STAMITZ Flute Concerto
“PURSUED GREATNESS WITH DETERMINATION + CONFIDENCE”
The Australian on MCO