Featured on the concert is one of Tchaikovsky’s favorite pieces, the towering Serenade for Strings, Op. 48, written in 1880. The first movement was intended as an imitation of Mozart’s style, a composer whose music had a huge influence on Tchaikovsky’s own writing.
Mercury opens the concert with a Mozart work for string orchestra, the Divertimento in D, K. 136 (1772), written when he was only 16.
Rounding out the program is Mendelssohn’s Concerto for Violin and Strings in D minor, composed when he was 13! Mercury concertmaster Jonathan Godfrey is the soloist.
In his conversation with St.John Flynn, Antoine Plante talks about the fact that this is a “period instrument” performance, and what that means when applied to the Romantic repertoire.
Cullen Theatre of the Wortham Center, Saturday, January 11th at 8PM. Visit Mercury online for more information.