Handel, Haydn & Mendelssohn – Video

June 1, 2021

Haydn, Handel & Mendelssohn Digital Concert Preview

Recorded May 20 – 22, 2021, as part of the Texas Instruments Classical Series.

Rental information

Recorded live at the Meyerson Symphony Center May 20 – 22, 2021 as part of the NEXT STAGE Digital Concert Series presented by PNC Bank.

Once purchased, you will receive a link to the concert stream via email that will be available until August 31, 2021.

Program Details


HAYDN Symphony No. 103 in E-flat major “Drum Roll”
HANDEL Organ Concerto “The Cuckoo and the Nightingale”
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 4 in A major “Italian”

An All-German composer line-up featuring works with inventive nicknames, begins with Haydn’s penultimate symphony, No. 103, which demands full attention from the opening timpani drumroll and a sublime slow movement that elicited an immediate encore at its premiere in London.

Marvel at the sound of the 4,535-pipe Lay Family Concert Organ in Handel’s witty “Cuckoo and the Nightingale” Concerto, in which the organ’s wind stops seem to twitter like a cuckoo and warble like a nightingale.

Inspired by the art, landscape and vitality of Italy and the people Mendelssohn met during his trip, his last Fourth Symphony is brimming with rhythmic energy and counterpoint, and is a major workout for the orchestra.

“The whole country had such a festive air that I felt as if I were a young prince making his entry. I have once more begun to compose with fresh vigor, and the Italian symphony makes rapid progress; it will be the happiest piece I have ever written, especially the last movement.”

– Felix Mendelssohn

Bradley Hunter Welch_Resident Organist_Lay Family Chair_Dallas Symphony

Bradley Hunter Welch

Resident Organist

Lay Family Chair

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