That classical-sized orchestra is just right not only for the Overture to
All three pieces of music use the same orchestration, Fetta said, though they are from three time periods -- the
The orchestra of
Mendelssohn was an exception to the 19th-century rule. Though he wrote music in the early part of the Romantic era, had more elements of the classical style in his music than did his contemporaries.
And Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto and Prokofiev's Classical Symphony should show the
Fetta described Prokofiev's Classical Symphony, written during
"It belies the fact that it is a smaller classical orchestra," Fetta said.
The first and last movements of the symphony are fast and bright, and the slow movement in the middle is exquisite, Fetta said.
It is short for a symphony, lasting about 15 minutes, he said, but it is also the most difficult music for the orchestra in the concert.
Mendelssohn's violin concerto is not that hard for the orchestra, Fetta said, but it is very difficult for the violin soloist, tying into the concert's theme of "Virtuosity Plus."
"Roberto is such an incredible virtuoso," Fetta said. "You have to have a tremendous gift of melodic awareness and really quick fingers (to play the Mendelssohn concerto)."
Cani, who is from
Cani is also concertmaster of the LA Opera, and he has performed in past seasons at the Redlands Bowl, most recently as soloist in
The Mendelssohn Violin Concerto is one of three concertos every professional violinist has to play, Fetta said. The other two, the Tchaikovsky and Brahms concertos, have a very big scope, Fetta said.
"The Mendelssohn is not so grandiose," he said, but it is very difficult and much more in the mode of
"In Mendelssohn, there's no place to hide," he said.
The second movement of the Mendelssohn concerto "is to die for," Fetta said, and "the third movement at the right tempo is breathtaking."
The concert begins at
There is no admission charge. Freewill donations are collected.
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