Orange Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with the Colour City Chamber Orchestra presents OSO Returns
1. The Hebrides Overture (Fingal’s Cave), Op. 26 – Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
2. Sketches of Notre Dame – Noel Annett*
3. Sinfonia Concertante in Eb Major for violin, viola and orchestra K364/320d – WA Mozart
4. Symphony no. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 (Pastoral) – Ludwig van Beethoven
*denotes world premiere.
On his first visit to England and Scotland, the 20 year-old Felix Mendelssohn was inspired to write his Hebrides Overture. The music portrays the heaving ocean and is one of the most famous works of this composer – full of wonderful melodies and joy.
Noel Annett, a local Orange musician, teacher and composer, has produced a work specifically for the OSO, entitled Sketches of Notre Dame. The four-movement work takes listeners on a journey from the renaissance through to the modern-day tragedy that struck the iconic cathedral in 2019. In this world premiere performance, Annett’s work comes to life.
WA Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, is written for violin, viola and chamber orchestra. Like Mendelssohn, Mozart was only 23 when he composed this work – a cross between a symphony and a concerto – and he could of course play both parts, though it is said he favoured the viola.
The capstone to the program is the extraordinarily exquisite 6th Symphony by Ludwig van Beethoven. Beethoven premiered this symphony with himself as the conductor, alongside his 5th symphony, his fourth Piano Concerto, and a raft of other smaller works. Even by nineteenth-century standards, this concert in 1808 was something of an endurance test for the audiences. Presented here alongside Mendelssohn, Mozart and Annett, the program promises to be a lighter affair than its first outing, but no less musically pleasing.