A trip down memory lane with Mendelssohn

Tamas Kocsis of the Ulster Orchestra.

Tamas Kocsis of the Ulster Orchestra.

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ONCE the clocks go back and the dark nights draw in to Cookstown, moods can dull as quickly as the weather and the sunshine seems like a distant memory.

The Ulster Orchestra would like to invite you to cast off the darkness and come on a journey to brighter shores with an evening of beautiful music featuring three of Mendelssohn’s most popular pieces.

German-born Mendelssohn was an avid traveller, and a boat visit to the isle of Staffa in 1829 provided the inspiration for his Overture (more of a tone poem) – even though he was seasick on the journey!

One of the most popular and best-loved of all violin concertos will form the centrepiece of the show, with Ulster Orchestra Leader Tamás Kocsis as soloist, and it’s a show Tamás anticipates eagerly.

“Mendelssohn is one of the few composers you can listen to or play for an entire concert without losing interest,” he said with a smile. “This is a wonderful introduction for audiences new to classical music and I am very glad we can travel to different venues with this lovely program.”

Moments of Mendelssohn by the Ulster Orchestra takes place on Wednesday (November 20) at the Burnavon, Cookstown, 8pm. Tickets: £15. Details and booking: Ulster Orchestra Box Office 028 9024 6609 or book online at www.burnavon.com, call 028 8676 9949.