Spring Rites (photo: Carlin Ma)

Saturday, May 3, 2025 • 7:30 p.m.

Harmonia Orchestra & Chorus
William White, conductor
TBA, cello


Vincenzo Bellini (1801–1835)
Overture to Norma

Robert Schumann (1810–1856)
Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129

— intermission —

Felix Mendelssohn (1809–1847)
Die erste Walpurgisnacht, Op. 60

About the Concert

Die Erste Walpurgisnacht tells the story of a band of pagan druids who are beset upon by Christian invaders and — unlike in any other Romantic oratorio — the pagans win! Druids were in the air in 1831: they were also the subject of Bellini’s great dramatic opera Norma. The centerpiece of our concert is Robert Schumann’s cello concerto, performed by a phenomenal young soloist.