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About this performance

Lachlan Skipworth Spiritus
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto
Beethoven Symphony No. 7

Benjamin Northey conductor
Christian Li violin

The concert
A great violinist comes of age.

One of Australia’s most promising musical prodigies tackles one of the great violin concertos, in a performance as moving as it is astonishing.

It’s a piece almost designed to test the mettle and prove the worth of any aspiring concert violinist: Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E Minor. Australian violinist Christian Li won the prestigious Menuhin Competition at the tender age of 10 and made his MSO debut in front of 10,000 people at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. He will be 12 when he takes on Mendelssohn with the MSO, under the baton of Benjamin Northey.

Mendelssohn himself was a child prodigy, though not an exclusively musical one. He was a painter, a poet, a linguist and even an athlete. Young Felix made his public debut at the piano aged nine.

Years later, his Romantic style and agility emerged in this sublime music.

Beethoven was hardly slow off the mark either, only seven when he was launched into the public arena. His Symphony No. 7 is a work of effortless melodic phrasing, featuring a second movement beloved even by its very first audience. It will enchant you from its opening bars.

From the birth of genius and its grand fulfilment, this is a concert as tribute to the prodigy. Young and old.

Running time
1 hour & 38 minutes, including a 20-minute interval.

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