Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra

Verdi, Mendelssohn, and Mahler

Verdi                                                                 La forza del destino Overture

Violin Concerto

Symphony No. 1

Benjamin Zander, conductor

Stefan Jackiw, violin


When Stefan Jackiw was 14, I invited him to perform the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra in London. After the rehearsal, one of the cellists said to me, “I have been in this orchestra for 25 years, and have heard virtually every major violinist. But that was the most beautiful Mendelssohn I have heard.” That was 20 years ago. Stefan’s career now takes him around the world. But I feel it is time for him to come home to inspire the next generation of musicians in the BPYO. It is only fitting that he performs with us, once again, the Mendelssohn concerto.

The program begins with the dramatic overture to Verdi’s opera Forza del destino. The program concludes with Mahler’s First Symphony. It is arguably the most original first symphony ever composed, from its magical evocation of dawn at the opening to the thrilling climax of its vast Finale. This symphony—teeming with quotations from his first song cycle, the Songs of a Wayfarer—tells the story of his youthful hero's absorption with nature, his adventures, trials, and ultimate triumph. -Benjamin Zander

Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi La Forza Del Destino Overture -8 minutes

  • The overture to Verdi's opera La Forza Del Destino is part of standard orchestra repertoire.
  • The opera's title is often translated as The Force of Destiny. It was first performed on November 10, 1862 in Saint Petersberg, Russia. The libretto for the opera is based on a Spanish drama, Don Álvaro o la fuerza del sino.

Felix Mendelssohn Violin Concerto -26 minutes

Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 1. -53 minutes


All dates, repertoire, venues, and artists subject to change.


Sunday, November 24, 2019
3:00PM / Symphony Hall                    There will be no pre-concert Guide to the music with Benjamin Zander before the concert.

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