ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The New Mexico Philharmonic will perform a bouquet of German romance with works by Mendelssohn, Brahms and Weber at Popejoy Hall on Saturday, Nov. 23.
The Phil’s latest classic series continues with the overture to Carl Maria von Weber’s opera “Oberon,” Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto and Brahms’ Symphony No. 4.
The program will open with “Oberon,” Weber’s 1826 opera based on a French medieval romance. One of the first significant composers of the romantic school, Weber’s work greatly impacted the development of the genre in Germany. “Oberon” may have influenced Mendelssohn’s music for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
Written in 1844, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto is one of the most popular and frequently performed violin concertos in history.
“Mendelssohn for me is probably one of the most underrated composers in history,” Philharmonic music director Roberto Minczuk said. “He is a talent that is compared to Mozart. He was a wunderkind, a prodigy. He composed his masterpiece, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” when he was 17 years old.”
Taiwanese-American violinist Richard Lin, the newly-crowned gold medalist of the 10th Quadrennial International Violin Competition in Indianapolis, will helm the solo.
The musicians will close the program with Brahms’ Symphony No. 4, his last, and some say his greatest, written in 1884. Brahms had very mixed feelings about writing symphonies in Beethoven’s shadow, Minczuk said. “He was reluctant to write symphonies,” Minczuk said. “He believed nothing could be done after Beethoven’s time. Those were the greatest things ever produced.”