The Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra serves the community by
enriching, educating and engaging audiences of all ages through
inspired performances of orchestral and chamber music.
Romeo & Juliet...three versions
Saturday, January 23 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, January 24 at 2:00 pm
NDSU Festival Concert Hall
ROMEO & JULIET ORCHESTRAL SUITES - Sergei Prokofiev
ROMEO & JULIET OVERTURE-FANTASY - P.I. Tchaikovsky
WEST SIDE STORY SYMPHONIC DANCES - Leonard Bernstein
HEART'S EASE - Daniel Breedon
The symphony’s 2015-16 “BLOCKBUSTER” concert season continues with ROMEO & JULIET x3, highlighting three great composers’ take on Shakespeare’s classic tragedy of two young lovers.
All three musical masterpieces are famous and beloved in their own right, but hearing them back to back as three versions of the same story is an extraordinary experience. Actors from THEATRE B will perform snippets from Shakespeare’s play between “scenes” in the music.
Russian composers Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev both composed their versions of “Romeo and Juliet” for the ballet, sixty-five years apart (1870 and 1935). Tchaikovsky’s music is lush and romantic, while Prokofiev’s later style sounds a bit more contemporary and even cinematic.
Then just twenty-two years later, Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story,” which translated the Romeo & Juliet story into dueling Puerto Rican street gangs in 1950s Manhattan, changed the face of American Broadway musicals. The Latin-infused dance pieces, which are now performed by orchestras as “West Side Story Symphonic Dances,” inspired choreographer Jerome Robbins to create “savage, restless, electrifying dance patterns.”
The concert will also feature the world premiere of “Heart’s Ease,” a piece for strings commissioned by the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony and composed by Daniel Breedon, a violinist in the orchestra and composition professor at Concordia College. The title is taken from a song popular in Shakespeare's time, and referred to in “Romeo & Juliet” in the scene where Juliet's apparently dead body is discovered by the wedding party. Romeo, who is on the verge of completely losing it, asks the musicians to play “Heart's Ease” -- a tune that he hopes will calm him down with its familiarity and conventional message for enjoying life.
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Free pre-concert "InFormance" talks featuring Music Director Christopher Zimmerman and composer Daniel Breedon precede each concert - 6:45 pm on Saturday and 1:15 on Sunday - in Beckwith Recital Hall, adjacent to the concert hall lobby.
This concert weekend ushers in SHAKESPEAREFEST 2016 – a month-long, community-wide celebration of Shakespeare and his works. The full schedule of plays, concerts, panel discussions, trivia contests, and ShakesBEER happy hours (with Shakespeare-themed custom brews) is here - http://winterartsfest.org/ This follows last year’s successful, inaugural BeethovenFest.
For more information about the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony: http://www.fmsymphony.org/
For more information about SheakespeareFest - http://winterartsfest.org/
ROMEO & JULIET X3 Concert Tickets are $25 - $35 for Adults and $10 - $15 for Students (including college), available online here and by phone at 701-478-3676.
$5 STUDENT RUSH tickets (with student ID) are available at the door one hour before each performance.
SANFORD HEALTH – Masterworks Series Sponsor
AVIS & BERNIE'S WINE & LIQUOR – Concert Sponsor