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The Renovo String Orchestra (RSO) will present its season finale concert, “The German School,” on Friday, May 27, at 7:30 p.m. at the Music Institute of Chicago, 1490 Chicago Ave. in Evanston.

The Renovo String Orchestra (RSO) will present its season finale concert, “The German School,” on Friday, May 27, at 7:30 p.m. at the Music Institute of Chicago, 1490 Chicago Ave. in Evanston.

This performance will reflect the range of German and Austrian musical traditions, featuring works by two of the countrys’ most prominent composers: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Felix Mendelssohn.

This performance is the last in the RSO’s inaugural season, “A Tour of Nations,” which has featured works by composers from Italy, Scandinavia, and Eastern Europe.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791), native of Austria, is widely recognized as one of the greatest composers in the history of western music. His String Quartet in C Major, K. 465, was nicknamed the “Dissonance” quartet due to its unusually slow introduction. Composed in 1785, this is the last in the set of six quartets that he dedicated to Joseph Haydn, and is thought to be his most famous quartet.

The inspiration for writing this set came from Haydn’s Op. 33 String Quartets, commonly known as the “Russian” quartets. Mozart greatly admired Haydn’s writing and stylistic approach to equal dialogue between four parts, and sought to capture this essence in his own quartets.

German composer Felix Mendelssohn (1809 – 1847) was a prominent figure in the early Romantic period, having written a variety of works including symphonies, concerti, and chamber music.

Among his earliest works were his twelve string symphonies, including No. 9 in C Major, composed between 1821 and 1823. These symphonies were mainly written for performance only in his household, and were not published or publicly performed until after his death.

Tickets are $25 for General Admission, $20 for Seniors (65+), and $10 for Students with valid ID.

Call (773) 312-9936 or visit www.renovostrings.org for tickets and information.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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