February 8-9 | 8 PM Abravanel Hall
Thierry Fischer, Conductor
Baiba Skride, Violin
Elgar - In the South
Stravinsky - Concerto in D major for Violin and Orchestra (1961 revision)
Mendelssohn - Symphony No. 4 in A major, "Italian"
The Utah Symphony's cycle of Mendelssohn Symphonies continues. Italy has long been a source of inspiration for visiting artists of every sort. Mendelssohn began composing his 4th Symphony while traveling there and it conveys his impressions of the people, nature and artistic culture of the country. Thanks to an instantly memorable opening theme and the rousing dance rhythms of the finale, the "Italian" has become his most popular symphony. Elgar's own bright musical excursion to the Italian town of Alassio and Stravinsky's witty, Bach-influenced Violin Concerto complete the program.