The Romantic age gave the world some of its most beautiful music. The ‘Romantic Masterworks’ concert by the Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka (SOSL) on May 19 at the Ladies' College hall at 7 p.m. features the music of Mendelssohn, Dvorak and Franz von Suppe.
Dushyanthi Perera makes her debut as a conductor at this concert, directing the SOSL in Mendelssohn’s ‘Scottish’ Symphony, Franz von Suppe’s ‘Poet and Peasant’ overture and Dvorak’s ‘Serenade for Strings’. Mendelssohn’s symphony expresses Scotland’s soul, its melancholy and cloudy days, its feisty and flirty folk music, its stalwart countrymen.
The Poet and Peasant Overture is Franz von Suppe’s most celebrated single work. His style of melodic naturalness, lightness and fluency reflects the Italian background that he absorbed in his youth. Written in just 11 days during one of the happiest times of his life, Dvorak’s elegant Serenade for Strings is memorable for its pure lyricism, beautiful melody and wonderfully cloudless atmosphere.
It captures the imagination and ear of the audience with its spirit--sometimes serene, sometimes nostalgic and at others impossibly effervescent.
Tickets and box plan will be open from April 30 at the Lionel Wendt Theatre.