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Alexander Sitkovetsky

Alexander Sitkovetsky will be performing Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto

The May concert by the Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra will take place on Saturday 21st May in the Medina Theatre.  This is a welcome return to the Orchestra for Alexander Sitkovetsky, who performed the Beethoven Violin Concerto to much acclaim in November 2009 – on this occasion he will be performing the much loved violin concerto  by Mendelssohn.

Alexander was born in Moscow and studied at the Yehudi Menhuin School and the Royal College of Music.  He has developed a multi-faceted career, in demand as soloist and chamber musician, and has appeared in music festivals throughout the world.  He has also been featured in violin masterclasses and  TV documentaries and was described by the ‘Strad’ magazine as one of our rising stars.  He is an accomplished composer with two ballet scores performed in London.  The Orchestra is delighted that he has returned to work with them again.

The opening piece in the concert is the magnificent tone poem by Respighi ‘The Fountains of Rome’ depicting four of that city’s most famous fountains.  The work is richly scored and lyrical showing each fountain at its’ best.

The second half of the programme is a performance of the Symphony No.1 by Elgar.  This work, composed quite late on in his career, has all the nobility and breadth that we have come to expect, with a meltingly beautiful third movement and triumphant comclusion.

The concert is conducted by the Music Director of the Orchestra, Jonathan Butcher.

The concert is on Saturday May 1st at 7.30pm in the Medina Theatre.  Details and tickets from the Medina Box Office on 01983 527020.