Artistic Partner Joseph Swensen returns to the stage, curating a program of works inspired by travel.
For Felix Mendelssohn, his journey to the remote Hebrides islands of Scotland led him to write the opening theme of the work and send it to his sister, with the following note: "In order to make you understand how extraordinarily the Hebrides affected me, I send you the following, which came into my head there."
A century later, the Italian composer Ottorino Respighi was performing an American concert tour sponsored by the famed arts patron Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge when he promised to compose and dedicate a work in her honor. Within weeks of returning home to Italy, he was taken by three Botticelli paintings and composed one of the greatest works for chamber orchestra, the Trittico Botticelliano.
Completing the program is Haydn's 'Clock' Symphony, so named for its 'ticking' rhythm running throughout the second movement. This work was the ninth of twelve symphonies written in London, during his second period of residence in the city. While he spent most of his life as a court musician in Austria, Haydn's later symphonies bring a grandiosity and passion that reflect his experience away from home in the bustling, urban life of London.
Joseph Swensen, conductor