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Music Director : Mark Fitz-Gerald
Soloist: Shannon Wagstaff (Clarinet)
Rossini : Overture: 'The Barber of Seville'
Wolf : Italian Serenade
Mozart : Clarinet Concerto, K622
Delius : Intermezzo 'Fenimore and Gerda'
Mendelssohn : Symphony No 4 in A maj 'Italian', Op.90
Our first concert of 2015 embodies more than a hint of the Mediterranean to melt away the winter blues. Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 4 was inspired by the colour and atmosphere of Italy, which was experienced by the composer during a European tour between 1829 and 1831. Writing from Rome to his sister, Fanny, he said, "It will be the jolliest piece I have ever done, especially the last movement." The Italian theme is continued with Hugo Wolf's 'Italian Serenade', which features our Principal Viola, Philip Thorne, and a much-loved overture by Italian composer, Gioachino Rossini. The ever popular Mozart Clarinet Concerto also provides the opportunity to show off the skills of our own Principal Clarinet, Shannon Wagstaff.