This week we cap our cycle of the twelve String Symphonies of Felix Mendelssohn. These were written for the young composer's amusement and for that of his family and perhaps some of their friends. But now, in 1823, at the ripe old age of fourteen, Mendelssohn was ready to go out in the world and make a name for himself. In 1880. Antonin Dvorak's Sixth Symphony finally brought international attention to his large-scale orchestral works, transforming him from journeyman composer to world celebrity. We'll hear the works of these two composers as they were about to embark upon life changes that certainly shaped their careers and that left a considerable influence on classical music as well.