Old Favorites and New Sounds
Franz Schubert and Felix Mendelssohn remain two of the most popular composers with musicians and audiences alike.
Schubert’s Symphony #8 known as The Unfinished was composed in 1822. Why he only wrote the first two movements has been the subject of much debate. In any case, the two remaining movements represent what has been called “The first Romantic Era symphony.” They are filled with intense moments contrasting with beautiful lyrical melodies.
Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto is surely one of the most popular concertos of all. He began the work in 1839, completed it in 1844, and premiered it in 1845 to great acclaim. It has been a standard work for every violinist and orchestra since its premiere in Leipzig.
Peter Jarvis is a celebrated New Jersey percussionist and composer. His Concerto for Vibraphone and Orchestra was composed especially for Jesse Gerbasi, BONJ pecussionist, and for premiere by The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey.
Alyson Whelan, BONJ violinist, will be soloist for Mendelssohn’s concerto. With the orchestra, Alyson has previously played Mozart’s Violin Concerto #3 as well as Chevalier de Saint-Georges’s Sinfonia Concertante (with Aimee Briant) and Johann Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #2 (with Laura Ferraro, Dan Sagi, and Christian Carillo). Alyson has also been featured in recent New Music concerts at The Madison Community Arts Center.
Jesse Gerbasi has been principal percussionist with BONJ for the past 10 seasons. His playing has been hailed by patrons as “wonderfully musical and expressive.”