Robert Schumann wrote his one and only Piano Concerto after being encouraged by his loving wife Clara, the leading pianist of the time, who later premiered the romantic work. Hear it performed here by the legendary Yefim Bronfman, “a virtuoso with chops that defy comparison” (The New York Times).
Before that, enjoy selections from Romeo and Juliet, Prokofiev's passionate retelling of Shakespeare's tragic tale of star-crossed lovers. Finally, be transported to a Viennese ballroom with the beloved On the Beautiful Blue Danube by waltz king Johann Strauss, Jr.
Image magnification (IMAG): During the performance, close-ups of the orchestra musicians, conductor and guest artists will be projected onto the big screen above the orchestra.
Concert Preview Talk at 7 p.m. with KUSC radio personality Alan Chapman and Music Director Carl St.Clair
Doors open at 6:45 p.m.
PROKOFIEV: Selections from Romeo and Juliet
Montagues and Capulets
Juliet the Young Girl
Romeo and Juliet Before Parting
Romeo at Juliet’s Tomb
- INTERMISSION -
SCHUMANN: Piano Concerto
I. Allegro affettuoso
II. Intermezzo: Andantino grazioso
III. Allegro vivace
J. STRAUSS JR.: On the Beautiful Blue Danube