Michael Francis, conductor
Nancy Chang, violin
Sarah Shellman, violin
Bach/Webern: Fuga (No. 2 “Ricercata”) from “The Musical Offering”
Bach: Concerto for Two Violins
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 5, “Reformation”
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Shimmering with some of Mendelssohn’s most thrilling music, his Symphony No. 5 often did not receive the accolades it deserved. “It’s bigger than most people might understand because it’s about religious tolerance. There’s a sense of him letting go of his past, of the anti-Semitism,” said Music Director Michael Francis. At the heart of Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins is a sublime movement that seems to sing, featuring TFO’s Nancy Chang and Sarah Shellman. Plus, Bach’s Fuga (No. 2 Ricercata) from “The Musical Offering.”
WATCH VIRTUAL PRE-CONCERT CONVERSATION
Go deeper into the power of Mendelssohn's Reformation Symphony and the poetry of Bach's Concerto for Two Violins in this Pre-concert Conversation video. TFO musicians perform excerpts, with key insight from Michael Francis and Ed Parsons. Click here to watch.
PRINTABLE PROGRAM NOTES
Read the program notes, authored by Kurt Loft, by clicking here.