November 9, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Washington Center Main Stage
Bellini: Overture to I Capuleti e I Montecchi
Prokofiev: Suite No. 2 from the ballet Romeo and Juliet
Lars-Erik Larsson: Conciertino for Double Bass, Op. 45 soloist: Logan Coale, double-bass
Bernstein: Symphonic dances from West Side Story
As 2014 marks the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, I feel it was a must to do a concert based on the Bard—and his indelible inspiration to generations of composers. This program focuses on the play Romeo and Juliet (completed in 1595), and the young “star-crossed lovers” from feuding Italian families. The Overture to Bellini’s rarely-produced opera I Capuleti and Montecchi opens this concert, and a Suite from the amazing ballet-score by Serge Prokofiev will also be performed—one of the most stirring Russian works in the repertoire. Romeo and Juliet inspired West Side Story, and the “Symphonic Dances” concert-hall work that Leonard Bernstein crafted from the full Broadway has become one of the most treasured pieces of American orchestral music. A short Concerto for Double Bass by the Swedish composer, Lars-Erik Larsson, rounds out this program—note how the solo works go from bottom to top throughout our “Fact or Fiction” season!