Tuesday, March 8, 2011

What do Mendelssohn, Haydn, and Handel have in common?

Mr. Perfect and I attended the Utah Symphony a couple of weeks ago, and on the program were Haydn, Handel, and Mendelssohn. They performed the entire Midsummer Night's Dream incidental music with narration provided by staff from the Utah Shakespeare Festival. What a fun concert. They also performed Handel's Fire Suite and a Haydn symphony (unfortunately I don't remember which one, but it was wonderful).

Mendelssohn wrote his Midsummer Night's Dream Overture when he was only 17. The rest of the music was written for a performance of the play when he was in his thirties, and includes the famous Mendelssohn's Wedding March.

The whole evening was fun, though we almost missed the Haydn because we were running late. Literally running to Symphony Hall from the Gateway parking lot, and just making it into our seats with about 2 minutes to spare. If you're late to the symphony, you aren't seated until the first piece is finished. Not the first movement of the first piece; the entire first piece. Whew!

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