Concert Saturday 17th May 2014 at 19:45

Langley Park Centre for the Performing Arts, South Eden Park Road, Beckenham BR3 3BP
Romeo and Juliet

Programme May 2014Berlioz Three movements from the Dramatic Symphony "Roméo et Juliette" Speaker symbol
Romeo Alone and Capulet's Ball, Love Scene, Queen Mab Scherzo

Bernstein Symphonic Dances from West Side Story Speaker symbol

Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet Overture Speaker symbol

We end our season with three very different works depicting Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Tchaikovsky’s sublime fantasy overture weaves the main themes of the story into twenty minutes of orchestral perfection. In West Side Story, Leonard Bernstein transplants the two doomed lovers to jazzy 1950’s New York. His Symphonic Dances leave the listener breathless as they are shamelessly bombarded with many of the twentieth century’s best tunes, including ‘Maria’, ‘America’ and ‘Cool.’ Berlioz was equally inspired, especially by his wife-to-be’s performance as Shakespeare’s Juliet. His ‘take’ on the work is bursting with harmonic imagination, fervent power, eloquent emotion and frustrated desire.