Few composers are more closely associated with love and romance than Felix Mendelssohn. With the possible exception of "Here Comes the Bride," with a melody by Richard Wagner, Mendelssohn's "Wedding March" is the piece that most people think of when they think about wedding music.
On Sunday afternoon at CrossPointe Fellowship Church in Holmes Beach, the Anna Maria Concert Chorus & Orchestra will perform a concert they're calling "Romantic Melodies." Two of the three pieces on the program are Mendelssohn works.
"The Hebrides Overture, Op. 28 (Fingal's Cave)" is a short work inspired by Mendelssohn's voyage to a Scottish landmark, during which many of the passengers on his boat became seasick. Despite its source, the piece is melodic and pretty, and captures the feeling of a rocking, storm-tossed boat.
Also on the program are excerpts from Mendelssohn's oratorio "Elijah." The music is heavily inspired by Bach and other Barqoue composers.
The one non-Mendelssohn piece is Sergei Rachmaninoff's "Second Piano Concerto." Even if you're not a classical music fan, you'll recognize this piece, especially section that Eric Carmen used as the melody for his hit song "All By Myself."
The soloist for that piece will be Jakob Hamilton, who won the 2014 AMICCO Youth Solo Competition.
Details: 2 p.m. Jan. 25, CrossPointe Fellowship Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Tickets: $25. Information: 941-896-3889, amicco.org.
-- Marty Clear