Canberra Weekly Classic Afternoon
Umberto Clerici Conductor Artist in Focus 2020
Natalie Chee Violin
RESPIGHI Antique Airs and Dances (Set I)
MOZART Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 4 in A major, op. 90 Italian
Italian cellist Umberto Clerici, Principal Cello of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, joins the CSO in 2020 as Artist in Focus, and in this year’s Canberra Weekly Classic Afternoon he teams up with Australian violinist Natalie Chee, First Concertmaster of the SWR Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart, for what will no doubt be a thrilling performance of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4, K.218. On either side of the concerto are two very different evocations of Italy. Italian composer and musicologist Ottorino Respighi conjures antique sounds in his first suite of Antique Airs and Dances, breathtaking orchestral pieces inspired by Renaissance lute music. Felix Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony, sparked by a visit as part of the grand tour of Europe that gave us The Hebrides and Scottish Symphony — and penned when the composer was just 24 — provides a German take on the beautiful country.
“It will be the jolliest piece I have ever done,” he told his sister Fanny.