Canberra Weekly Classic Afternoon
Umberto Clerici Conductor
Artist in Focus 2020
Natalie Chee Violin
RESPIGHI Ancient 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
Taking the podium for the 2020 Canberra Weekly Classic Afternoon, Artist in Focus Umberto Clerici teams up with Australian violinist Natalie Chee, First Concertmaster of the SWR Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart, for what will 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. The program closes with Felix Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony, inspired 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.