Ray Chen, Mendelssohn & Mahler

with the NAC Orchestra

Ray Chen
Alexander Shelley © Curtis Perry
Music Classical music Masterworks Violin
  • FELIX MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
  • GUSTAV MAHLER Symphony No. 5
  • In-person event

In recognition and thanks for invaluable donor support, the NAC Orchestra and NAC Dance grants insider access to donors to audit a working rehearsal in Southam Hall. Often, an artist or member of the artistic team gives insights into the creative process and invites questions from donors. Seating is limited.

This concert is made possible in part through the generous support of the Friends of the NAC Orchestra's Kilpatrick Fund.

Online personality and violinist extraordinaire Ray Chen has redefined what it is to be a classical musician, and every performance shows why he’s a musical hero around the world, inspiring a new generation of musicians and music lovers.

Felix Mendelssohn took more than five years to complete his beautiful Violin Concerto in E minor, and it was a hit from its very first performance. Even still, Taiwanese Australian violinist Ray Chen’s fresh and fiery performance is a showstopper that might leave you wondering how his instrument doesn’t burst into flames from the energy he creates.

From its opening trumpet solo and thrilling attack of French horns that follows, through its beautifully intense third part (which includes the Adagietto, one of Mahler’s “greatest hits”)—Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 stands as arguably the best music he wrote. Mahler began work on the symphony shortly after a grave illness left him thinking about death, but within a year, he met and married Alma Schindler, and the rest of the symphony reflects his renewed outlook on life. 


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    Conductor Alexander Shelley
  • Violin Ray Chen
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    Featuring NAC Orchestra