Mendelssohn Violin Concerto

The Los Angeles Times, after referring to her as a “future star,” wrote, “Let’s strike the word ‘future.’ She sounds ready. Now.” At 20 years old, Simone Porter makes her debut with the ISO, performing Mendelssohn’s beloved Violin Concerto.

Behind the Curtain

With Associate Conductor Vince Lee

"Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto is maybe the most popular violin concerto. Very diseptively tricky for orchestra and violinist alike. All of Bruckner’s symphonies are massive, his seventh is the most popular."

About the REpertoire

While Bruckner was writing his Symphony No. 7, Wagner’s death was imminent. Three weeks before his death in 1883, Brucker wrote the second, slow Adagio movement. This movement is a mournful song in honor of his dying mentor. In a letter to a friend, he writes, “One day, I came home and felt very sad. The thought had crossed my mind that before long, the Master would die, and then the C sharp minor theme of the Adagio came to me.”

About Matthew Halls

The word “versatile” is an apt description for British conductor Matthew Halls. He first came to prominence as a keyboard player and early music conductor, but Halls is now better known for his dynamic and intelligent work with major symphony orchestras and opera companies, and for his probing and vibrant interpretations of music of all periods.


About Simone Porter

Violinist Simone Porter has been recognized as an emerging artist of impassioned energy, musical integrity, and vibrant sound. The Los Angeles Times, after referring to her as a “future star,” wrote, “Let’s strike the word ‘future.’ She sounds ready. Now.”


Plan Your Visit

This performance is at the Hilbert Circle Theatre in downtown Indianapolis. Doors will open one hour and fifteen minutes before the performance.

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Violin Concerto


Symphony No. 7

Matthew Halls


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