Kolja Blacher Conducts An Evening of Romantic Music by ORT

Kolja Blacher

Thursday, February 1: ORT classical concert.  Teatro Verdi, via Ghibellina 99.  9 pm.

The Orchestra della Toscana (ORT) conducted by Kolja Blacher, will provide an evening of Romantic music on stage at the historic Teatro Verdi.

The program comprises Beethoven’s Concerto in D major, op. 61, and Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony.  The Beethoven piece offers the opportunity for Blacher to demonstrate his skills as a violin soloist.  Son of the well-known composer Boris Blacher, he studied at the Juilliard School under Dorothy DeLay (whose students include Itzhak Perlman), subsequently becoming the principal violini at the Berlin Philharmonic under Claudia Abbado. Blacher currently combines his talents both as a musician as well  conductor in his collaborations with orchestras in Berlin, Melbourne, Stuttgart, Taiwan and Jerusalem.  He performs on a 1730 Guarneri violin.

Mendelssohn’s 1830 Scottish Symphony will open with the famous overture, Hebrides. Inspired by his travels in Great Britain a year earlier where the Romantic composer found the Scottish landscape a source of wonder, specifically the uninhabited isle of Staffa. Part of the inner Hebrides Islands, Staffa is home to Fingal’s Cave, a site of Scottish mythology and history due to its abstract beauty and acoustic echoes. Mendelssohn’s overture established Fingal’s Cave as a 19th century tourist sight, further influencing the works of writers and poets such as William Wordsworth and John Keats.  The composer, a frequent guest of Queen Victoria, was also inspired by a chapel where Mary Stuart was crowned Queen of Scotland.

For more information and tickets, visit the ORT website.