‘For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo’
Cherish love’s young dream with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and conductor Diego Matheuz this June when they perform music from Prokofiev’s ballet score Romeo and Juliet.
Prokofiev’s first idea for his score to Shakespeare’s tragedy was perhaps a little extreme: he was going to make it a happy ending, with the lovers reconciling instead of dying in each other’s arms. Happily (or otherwise), he decided against this in the final version produced for the Kirov Ballet in 1938.
Audiences will undoubtedly recognise the music to The Montagues and Capulets or The Dance of the Knights, which has been widely used in popular culture, including by bands as diverse as Muse and A Tribe Called Quest. Throughout the work, Prokofiev’s distinctive style is ever present. As the composer himself remarked: ‘I detest imitation, I detest hackneyed devices’.
Alongside this iconic piece in this all-Russian program, Korean pianist Joyce Yang performs Rachmaninov’s beautiful Piano Concerto No.2, which marked the composer’s recovery from clinical depression. The Orchestra also performs Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain.
Joyce Yang makes a welcome return to the MSO following her last performances in 2014. Yang has performed as a soloist across the globe with orchestras that include the New York, BBC and Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Toronto, Chicago and Baltimore Symphony.
Diego Matheuz conducts the Orchestra in these performances. A graduate of the El Sistema program in Venezuela, he is widely-known as one of the most promising talents from the Americas.
PROKOFIEV’S ROMEO & JULIET
Date: 3 & 4 June at 8pm, 6 June at 6.30pm
Venue: Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne
Tickets: $29 – 130 available *prices subject to change without notice
Bookings: mso.com.au or 03 9929 9600
+61 3 9626 1106