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Ray Chen performs Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto

Pure Joy

Brilliant Australian violinist Ray Chen performs Mendelssohn’s uplifting and enduringly popular Violin Concerto.

Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House
Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House
*Booking fee of $8.95 may apply


The concert will conclude at approximately 3pm (Thursday) and 3.30pm (Sunday).


Join us for the pre-concert talk 45 minutes before each performance in the Northern Foyer, by Natalie Shea.

Program Book

Behind every great piece is a great story. Have a read through the program book to get all the details.

Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto is wonderfully uplifting, which is why it remains so popular. Composed near the end of a career that barely spanned three decades, Mendelssohn poured his soul into the work.

Written for a friend and star violinist, Mendelssohn’s high-energy concerto demands an astonishing versatility and expressive range from its soloist – in this case, the brilliant Australian violinist Ray Chen. As Gramophone asked: “What more could you want?”

Written between his sublime Eroica and stormy fifth symphony, Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony is the composer at his most direct, possessing a harmonic daring and perhaps the most beautiful slow movement of any of his symphonies – a rare and unmissable treat.


MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto
BEETHOVEN Symphony No.4


GEMMA NEW conductor
RAY CHEN violin


The Sydney Symphony will continue to apply NSW Public Health Orders related to live performance venues. New conditions of entry for all venues and performances may apply.

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