Elim Chan – conductor
Sergey Khachatryan – violin
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4, Italian
Mendelssohn spent ten months travelling through Italy in his early twenties. The sunshine, the landscape, the cities and the people delighted him, and luckily for us he distilled all that youthful delight into his Italian Symphony. The music he once described as “blue sky in A major” evokes some of the scenes that made such an impression on him – bright expanses of countryside, dignified religious processions, and hurtling peasant dances.
Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto is another perennial favourite, and an essential summit on the path of any professional violinist. Our soloist, Sergey Khachatryan, has appeared with the Philharmonia for many years. Most recently he was praised for “a quite superb performance… honest and intense playing, with genuine feeling” (Bachtrack).
To open, Elim Chan has chosen an exuberant work for strings by New York composer Jessie Montgomery – “a handful of American folk melodies tossed into a strong wind, cascading and tumbling joyfully around one another” (Washington Post).
Need to know
Prices & Discounts
£9 – £20
depending where in the world you are watching, whether you are a Friend of the Philharmonia (click here to join), and whether you would like to opt to pay a bit more than the standard price, to support the orchestra as we recover from the COVID shutdown. Full details on the Book Tickets link above
Where to watch
For audiences in the UK, tickets will be available via TicketCo. Your confirmation email will provide you a unique link to watch the stream
For audiences outside the UK, the concert will be streamed live on IDAGIO’s Global Concert Hall platform.
When can I book my tickets?
Booking for Friends of the Philharmonia opened 21 September(click here to join). General on-sale is now open
Will it be available after broadcast?
Yes. The performance will be available for video on demand after broadcast. Look out for ‘Video on demand’ listings on the Philharmonia ‘What’s On’ page
Is this a live performance?
Yes. The stream is completely live
Was it produced safely?
Yes. We are working with independent health and safety experts and have robust risk assessment procedures in place drawing from Public Health England advice