Violinist Leonidas Kavakos will play the Barber Violin Concerto in the New York Philharmonic's upcoming outdoor concerts. In an article by Bradley Bambarger, he compares the Barber with the Mendelssohn:
Comparing the Barber and Mendelssohn concertos and their suitability for outdoor play, Kavakos says: "They are so obviously pieces created by young men, with a lot of energy, particularly their dynamic finales. They are also both extremely melodic."
His biography says he plays a Stradivarius violin. Does he really play it outdoors? What if it rains?
• Web recommendations of the Violin Concerto.
Update: It did in fact rain.