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Saturday 20 July, 8:00pm
Mackay Masonic Temple
57 Wood Street, Mackay

Attitudes towards females in the 19th century unfortunately ensured the composer and pianist Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel was largely overshadowed by her younger brother Felix Mendelssohn, and she was discouraged from pursuing a career in music by her father. The more famous of the two siblings, Felix, was mostly supportive of Fanny’s skills, and enabled some of her music to be heard and performed by publishing a number of her works under his name. Extraordinary in its own right, Fanny Mendelssohn’s music has since been played with increasing frequency, with her String Quartet becoming a gem of the repertoire. Felix’s ‘Hebrides’ overture and String Quintet No. 2 bookend this concert, which showcases the works of two of the most important siblings and composers of the 19th century.

FELIX MENDELSSOHN (arr. Mendelssohn) - Overture: The Hebrides, for piano four hands, Op.26 (Angela Turner & Stewart Kelly)
FANNY MENDELSSOHN - String Quartet in E-flat major (Doretta Balkizas, Glenn Christensen, Stefanie Farrands & Simon Cobcroft)


FANNY MENDELSSOHN - Adagio for Violin and piano in E-flat major (Glenn Christensen & Angela Turner)
FELIX MENDELSSOHN - String Quintet No.2 in B-flat major, Op.87 (Caroline Hopson, Doretta Balkizas, Tom Higham, Stefanie Farrands & Alexandra Partridge)