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November Concerts with violinist William Hagen playing Mendelssohn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The GSO welcomes William Hagen, who has chosen what is undoubtedly one of the concert repertoire’s best known and best loved pieces, the Violin Concerto in E minor by Felix Mendelssohn.

Also featured will be a performance of Symphony No. 2 by Robert Schumann, another repertoire favorite. In its own time the piece was viewed as a boldly original and shockingly modern work by some, though listeners in our time embrace it for its varied moods portraying the spirit of the Romantic era from which it emerged.

Symphony No. 96 in in D major, known as the “Miracle Symphony” by Franz Joseph Haydn begins the program. The title arose from the premier performance when a chandelier crashed on seats that had been left unoccupied by patrons. Otherwise this Symphony would be known by a very different descriptive.