Mercury Plays Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings

This weekend at the Wortham Center, Mercury-the Orchestra Redefined offers an evening of music for strings featuring works by Tchaikovsky, Mozart and Mendelssohn.  Artistic Director Antoine Plante talks with St.John Flynn about the program.

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.


St. John Flynn

St. John Flynn

Arts & Culture Director

Born and raised in Coventry, England, St. John received his B.A. (with honors) in French from the University of Liverpool. He lived and worked in France for two years before coming to the U.S. in 1986 to attend graduate school at the University of Georgia (UGA) in Athens. He worked...

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