Beethoven and Mendelssohn

In Geelong


In response to the ban imposed by the Victorian State Government, we regret that this performance will not proceed.

We will, however, keep the music going! We invite all music-lovers to enjoy free livestreamed concerts via our YouTube channel.

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Benjamin Northey conductor
Christian Li violin


Lachlan Skipworth Spiritus
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto
Beethoven Symphony No. 7

About the performance

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 that almost seems 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 in 2018. 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.

Of course, 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.

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Pre-concert talk

Join composer Lachlan Skipworth for a pre-concert talk inside Costa Hall from 6.30pm.

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