Presenter Kevin Keys
Conductor Hamish McKeich
Mendelssohn Symphony No.4 'Italian'
This symphony was once described as ‘blue sky in A major’ – a description that can’t be bettered. How does Mendelssohn so perfectly translate the warmth of the Mediterranean sun into music? It’s all in the details of the orchestration, just waiting to be unpicked.
Listen and learn as RNZ Concert presenter Kevin Keys and conductor Hamish McKeich join the APO to ‘unwrap’ this great orchestral work and reveal what makes it so special. The APO will perform fragments of the piece before delving into a full performance of the symphony in its wondrous entirety!
Part concert, part interactive talk, each Unwrap the Music is around an hour long and guaranteed to take your musical appreciation to the next level. This entertaining event is great for all ages, whether you are a seasoned concertgoer or new to orchestral music.
For more information about Mendelssohn's 'Italian Symphony', you can download our programme notes for the piece below.