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Thursday 18 July 2024

7:30pm at Hamer Hall

Saturday 20 July 2024

7:30pm at Hamer Hall


Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Martín conductor
Christian Li* violin

*MSO Young Artist in Association


Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
Paganini Violin Concerto No.1
Prokofiev Suite from Romeo and Juliet

About this performance

Experience two vivid depictions of Shakespeare’s most famous love story, conducted by Jaime Martín. Plus, Christian Li joins the MSO to perform Paganini’s heroic violin concerto.

  • Tchaikovsky’s Fantasy Overture – while inspired by Shakespeare’s great tragedy – was designed to stand on its own, with various themes depicting different characters and moments in the plot. The overture’s famous ‘love theme’ is ingrained in the memories of millennials everywhere as the ‘kiss’ in video game The Sims.
  • Composer Niccolò Paganini achieved technical feats on the violin that were considered impossible by many. In fact, his virtuosic talents were so remarkable that they stirred up rumours that he’d sold his soul to the devil in exchange for such profound gifts. His First Violin Concerto traverses memorable melodies and mind-blowing virtuosity in a thrilling display of theatricality, performed here by Christian Li.
  • Sergei Prokofiev's score for Romeo and Juliet – written for the famous Mariinsky Theatre – is some of his best known and loved. His music perfectly depicts the romance and tragedy of history's most famous love story.

Duration: approx. 2 hours including interval

MSO Mornings

Selections from this program will also be performed at MSO Mornings: Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet on Friday 19 July at 11am at Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall.

Take a mid-morning break to replenish your soul with an hour of glorious music.

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Listen to Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet

Enhance your experience

Want to learn more about the music being performed? Arrive early for an informative and entertaining pre-concert talk with MSO Orchestra Library Manager Luke Speedy-Hutton.

Thursday 18 July at 6.45pm
Saturday 20 July at 6.45pm

Hamer Hall Stalls Foyer

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