Saturday, April 1, 2023, 7:00 PM
Harvey High School, 200 W Walnut Ave, Painesville
1 hour and 30 minutes, with intermission
$8 – $30
- Cimarosa: Overture from “Il matrimonio segreto” (The Secret Marriage)
- Rota: Cello Concerto No. 2
- Mendelssohn: Symphony No.4 “Italian”
- Domenico Cimarosa was a contemporary of Mozart. The Secret Marriage premiered in 1792 in Vienna. Emperor Leopold II enjoyed it so much that he ordered dinner to be served to the performers and then the entire opera repeated!
- Italian composer Nino Rota is best known for his film scores, especially The Godfather, but he also composed numerous chamber, operatic, choral, and orchestral works mostly in a neoclassical style. His second Cello Concerto was written in 1975 while he was working on the score to The Godfather II. It didn’t receive its premiere performance until 2010, 31 years after Rota’s death.
- Felix Mendelssohn sketched the ideas for his Italian symphony during a trip to Italy in 1830-1831. It’s one of Mendelssohn’s jolliest pieces. The energetic finale is a combination of two Italian dances – the saltarello and the tarantella. According to Italian tradition, the tarantella is danced by the victim of a tarantula bite until they are cured or dead.