Masterworks Series 

Mendelssohn’s Italy

Saturday March 23 at 8:00pm

Old Cabell Hall

Sunday March 24 at 3:30pm

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Performing Arts Center

Benjamin Rous, Conductor

Joseph Lin, Violin


BARTOK  Violin Concerto No. 2, BB 117 (1938)

MENDELSSOHN  Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90 ‘Italian’ (1834)

Previous Charlottesville Symphony performances: March 1986, January 1995 and September 2009.

About the Program

Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony is one of the best-known and most-performed symphonies in the orchestral literature. Sunny and endlessly tuneful, it was inspired by the composer’s travels throughout Italy in the 1830’s. Joseph Lin, former First Violin in the renowned Julliard String Quartet, joins the orchestra for Bartok’s folk-inflected Second Violin Concerto, a work of intense virtuosity, colorful orchestral flourishes and impish humor.

Click here to read the Program Notes for this concert (available on March 8, 2019).


The March programs are sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Vice Provost for the Arts at the University of Virginia.

The 2018-19 season is made possible in part by a major grant from The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation.


Join UVA Associate Professor of Music Richard Will for a Pre-Concert Lecture on Saturday, March 23 at 7:15pm in the Minor Hall Auditorium.

The Symphony is pleased to offer online recordings of Professor Will’s Saturday lectures free of charge. All Sunday ticket holders will receive an email at 6am on Sunday, March 24 with a link to the lecture recording.

For more information about Pre-Concert Lectures, including directions and an archive of all lecture recordings, click here.


Tickets will be available for sale at the door on both Saturday night, 3/23, and Sunday afternoon, 3/24. Saturday night, the Box Office will open in the Old Cabell Hall lobby beginning at 7:00pm. Sunday afternoon, the Box Office will open in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Performing Arts Center lobby at 2:30pm. The Box Office accepts cash, cards and checks. NOTE: after 4:30pm on Friday, 3/23, tickets for the Sunday performance will only be available at the door on Sunday.

For information about seating sections and ticket policies, please click here.


For information about the venues, directions, parking and accessibility, click here.


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