Feb 02 Thu

Two Love Stories: Schumann + Romeo & Juliet

Thursday Thru Saturday
February 02 - 04 2023

Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

Concert Timings:
February 2, 2023, 8:00 pm
February 3, 2023, 8:00 pm
February 4, 2023, 8:00 pm

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Presenting Sponsor:

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.

Download Program Notes


PROKOFIEV: Selections from Romeo and Juliet
   Montagues and Capulets
   Juliet the Young Girl
   Balcony Scene
   Tybalt’s Death
   Romeo and Juliet Before Parting
   Romeo at Juliet’s Tomb
SCHUMANN: Piano Concerto
   I. Allegro affettuoso
   II. Intermezzo: Andantino grazioso
   III. Allegro vivace
J. STRAUSS JR.: On the Beautiful Blue Danube

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