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Mendelssohn Month at Sage Gateshead

Posted on 28 September 2017

October is Mendelssohn Month at Sage Gateshead! From the launch of our ‘More Mendelssohn Please’ series to one of the most popular works of chamber music ever written, we’ve got plenty in store for classical music fans in the North East.

More Mendelssohn Please: Mendelssohn Symphony No.1
Wednesday 4 October 7.30pm I Sage One
We’re launching our More Mendelssohn Please series with, fittingly, the symphony that launched Mendelssohn’s career on an international level.
Mendelssohn finished writing this symphony when he was just 15 years old – and, being preceded by a dozen symphonies for strings which Mendelssohn wrote aged 12 to 14, it wasn’t even really his first symphony. A child prodigy indeed!
The programme also includes Vaughan Williams’ Violin Concerto (a must for fans of The Lark Ascending), Britten’s Sinfonietta and Bach’s Double Violin Concerto, performed by Bradley Creswick and Kyra Humphreys, who is marking 20 years with Royal Northern Sinfonia this Classical Season.

More Mendelssohn Please: Mendelssohn Symphony No.2 ‘Lobgesang’
Sunday 15 October 3pm I Sage One
British cellist Guy Johnston came to prominence after winning the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition in 2000, where he memorably broke a string playing Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No.1.
Joining Royal Northern Sinfonia in Sage One, Guy will perform Elgar’s celebrated concerto, a cornerstone of the solo cello repertoire and number 11 in Classic FM’s Hall of Fame, followed by Mendelssohn’s ‘Hymn of Praise’.
Mendelssohn’s second symphony is an interesting one: he takes the idea of a choral finale from the Ode to Joy in Beethoven’s ninth to form this unusual ‘symphony-cantata’, or choral symphony, on words of the Bible for soloists, chorus and orchestra.
“Almost a mini-opera in its solo arias and dramatic scenes” David Kettle

String Octets
Thursday 19 October 8pm I Sage Two
Mendelssohn’s brilliant Octet, one of the greatest and most-popular masterpieces in all chamber music, was completed when the composer was just 16.
“One of the miracles of nineteenth-century music” Conrad Wilson
This concert also features Enescu’s Octet for Strings, regarded as amongst the most notable successors to Mendelssohn’s celebrated composition.
“A genuine octet that finds its most natural expression just in its hallucinatory convergent and divergent contrapuntal voices” Pascal Bentoiu

Looking further ahead…

More Mendelssohn Please: Mendelssohn Symphony No.3 ‘Scottish’
Friday 3 November 7.30pm I Sage One
Mendelssohn’s third symphony, inspired by a visit to the ruins of Holyrood Chapel in Edinburgh, and Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.1 performed by RNS Music Director Lars Vogt.
Read more: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Pianist Lars Vogt’s masterly performance at Sage Gateshead earns a standing ovation

Classics 4 Kids: All About Mendelssohn
Saturday 4 November 2pm I Sage One
A great introduction to Mendelssohn’s music for you and your kids!
Find out more about Royal Northern Sinfonia’s Classics 4 Kids series

More Mendelssohn Please: Symphony No.4
Friday 1 December 7.30pm I Sage One
Principal Guest Conductor Julian Rachlin takes to the stage for Vivaldi’s ever-popular Four Seasons followed by Mendelssohn’s ‘Italian’ Symphony, described by the composer as ‘the happiest piece I have ever written’.