The early 19th century was characterized by great cultural upheaval. It manifested itself in all forms of art, music included.
The Las Vegas Philharmonic will perform a well-known piece from the time period, Mendelssohn's Symphony No.4, this Saturday as a part of Philharmonic’s fourth Masterworks concert of the 2014-15 season.
“It follows what was happening politically,” said Donato Cabrera, music director of the philharmonic. “There was a sense of individual over the state, the idea of the individual rights, which was championed by our own country and emulated a couple of years later by France."
Echoing political commotions, Felix Mendelssohn made a strong artistic statement with the symphony, often referred to as the "Italian."
"Mendelssohn’s music is a reflection of this overall gestalt that was happening in Europe,” Cabrera said.
This the first time the Las Vegas Philharmonic has performed Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 4.
The program will also include two other selections: Schubert’s Overture to Rosamunde and Schumann’s Cello Concerto.
The latter will be performed by the award-winning cellist Sergey Antonov.
Antonov described the piece as “really emotional.”
“It’s truly a dialogue between Schumann and something more in this world,” Antonov told KNPR's State of Nevada.
Tickets and further information is available at www.lvphil.org
Donato Cabrera, music director, Las Vegas Philharmonic; Sergey Antonov, guest cellist