Hall brings the romance of Mendelssohn alive

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Auckland-based violinist Amalia Hall arrives in Dunedin today for final rehearsals with the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra ahead of its "Amalia Plays Mendelssohn" concert on Saturday night.

The concert will reunite Hall with conductor James Judd, with whom she performed earlier this year in concert with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

"It is wonderful to be working with him again, he is very supportive and our collaboration gives me the freedom to be a little spontaneous on stage,"she said.

Hall is also pleased to be performing with the DSO again after two years, and to be presenting one of her favourite works, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto.

"There is so much lyricism in this concerto contrasted with real drama, it feels so natural in the way it flows.

"I love coming back to it as a piece, it is so beautiful."

All three works in Saturday’s concert, to be held at Dunedin Town Hall, are unashamedly romantic.

The concert’s opening work MacCunn’s The Land of the Mountain and the Flood conjures up sweeping vistas of the Scottish Highlands, while Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 reflects the composer’s love of Bohemia and its folk music.

Playing as a member of NZTrio and Orchestra Wellington concertmaster, and much in-demand as asoloist, Hall is in the middle of avery busy performance schedule.

Following her performance in Dunedin this weekend, shewill play Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto next weekend with the Waikato Symphony Orchestra in Hamilton, and a Max Bruch work in Nelson the following weekend.

She is also busy preparing for a pre-Christmas tour with NZTrio, as well as more orchestra work.

"It’s a wonderful feeling to be performing for audiences again — musicis about being shared, that experience can’t be replaced."