Composed during a health retreat in the Bohemian spa town of Teplice, in today’s Czech Republic, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 is one the composer considered to be among his best works. It gained instant popularity for its second movement, Allegretto, which was encored at the premiere in which Beethoven conducted. To open our program, the VSO is joined by soloist Sirena Huang for Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, the largest orchestral work by the composer.
Thomas Wilkins, conductor
Sirena Huang, violin
Rossini: Overture to La Gazza Ladra
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7