Italian Romance - Beethoven & Mendelssohn

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Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra present Italy and the Art of Love – Beethoven’s Romance for Violin and Mendelssohn’s beloved ‘Italian’ Symphony.

Catch the new wave of Historically Informed Performance musicians as they bring a revitalised spirit and energy to Beethoven and Mendelssohn’s masterpieces, conducted by our brilliant Principal Guest Conductor Benjamin Bayl.

From the opening riveting chords of the Coriolan Overture to the sublime Romance for violin, performed by concertmaster Rachael Beesley, and the playful Contredanses, Beethoven will have you swooning in your seats and dancing for joy in the aisles. After the interval we highlight the gorgeous sound of a full string orchestra playing on pure gut strings, where you’ll fall in love with Wolf’s Italian Serenade for Strings and be thrilled by Mendelssohn’s passion for Italy in his most lively symphony.

Presented by Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra


Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Coriolan Overture in C minor Op.62 (1807)

Ludwig van Beethoven
Romance for Violin and Orchestra No.2 in F Op. 50 (1798)

Ludwig van Beethoven
Twelve Contredanses for Orchestra WoO14 (1792-1802)

Hugo Wolf (1860-1903)
Italian Serenade in G for Strings (1887, strings version 1892)

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
‘Italian’ Symphony in A Op.90 (1833)


Join Richard Gill OAM for a pre-concert talk in Elisabeth Murdoch Hall from 6.45pm – 7.15pm


Australia’s brightest and shiniest new orchestra … with its mellifluous woodwind, punchy brass and beautifully tuned strings … orchestra seventeen88 captured that ‘doing something differently’ spirit perfectly in what was a genuinely exciting evening. It’s to be hoped that this exciting young orchestra will continue to carry through their own revolution in the years to come. Bravo! … this is an important addition to Australia’s musical landscape.