Why See Houston Symphony: Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky?
The Scottish Highlands provides the focus
A special multi-media classical concert that combines both the enchanting music of Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky with photographic projections. Mendelssohn's overture The Hebrides uses striking images of the Scottish landscapes by National Geographic's photographer James Richardson to evoke the region's wildness; this is followed by his Piano Concerto No. 1 by Argentine virtuoso Ingrid Fliter, and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6, Pathetique, the final symphony before his death. Conducted by Fabien Gabel, this concert forms part of the season's Classical Series.
The Hebrides Overture reflects within its changes of tone and tempo the contrasts between the weather cycles that anybody who has visited Scotland is familar with. From the sense of serene calm to the dramatic storms that can envelope the atmosphere within moments and then back to stillness, this is one of the most synonymous pieces of music associated with the Highlands.
Opening night: 9 March 2017
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