Chicago Philharmonic to Celebrate Mendelssohn's 200th Birthday with Special Concert

March 11, 2009 Titled "Mendelssohn's 200th Birthday," the concert begins at 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 15 at Pick-Staiger Hall on the campus of Northwestern University. This is the third concert in the Chicago Philharmonic's 2008-2009 season.

The concert begins with the powerful music of Bohemian Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu, the Quartet for Clarinet, Horn, Cello and Side Drum (1924), H. 139. Following that will be Franz Schubert's popular favorite the Trout Quintet in A Major, D. 677. This graceful and lively piece will be performed with a violin, viola, cello double bass and piano. The centerpiece of the evening will be Felix Mendelssohn's Octet for Strings in E-flat major. This was a piece Mendelssohn composed at the very young age of 16 and it is one that truly demonstrates his brilliance. It will be presented by a carefully chosen ensemble comprised of four violins, two violas and two cellos.

"We are thrilled to be able to offer such an exciting evening honoring Mendelssohn's 200th birthday. He was a remarkable composer and the Octet is a real testament to his giftedness. We hope that people will take time out of their busy schedules to experience the magic of this performance," said artistic director James Berkenstock.

Following the performances, theater patrons will be invited to a lovely soiree with wine and hors d'oeuvres and a chance to mingle with the musicians.

Tickets to "Mendelssohn's 200th Birthday" are $70 on the main floor, and $60, $33 and $20 in the balcony. Student tickets are $10, available in the lobby before the performance. Group discounts are available. Special seating is available for handicapped. The concert will be performed at Pick-Staiger Hall on the campus of Northwestern University, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston. Free parking is available in the adjacent parking garage. Call the box office at 847.866.6888 or visit to reserve a seat.

Mendelssohn's 200th Birthday
Chicago Philharmonic
Pick-Staiger Hall
Northwestern University
Sunday, 7pm

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