‘To be or not to be’ is the question Shakespeare poses in Hamlet. We answer that question this week in a program inspired mostly by Shakespeare. To be? – most certainly yes - in DeVos Hall as we revel in music both comic and serious drawn from The Bard’s immortal plays. His most romantic tragedy is Romeo and Juliet and Prokofiev created one of his greatest works telling the tale as a ballet. The music is so vivid and evocative that you will be able to recreate in your mind’s eye and ear the story of the doomed, star-crossed lovers. And to begin, music of nervous energy and laughter by Berlioz to introduce an opera based on Shakespeare’s wittiest comic characters, Beatrice and Benedict – a story that celebrates the battle of the sexes. And while the Saint-Saëns Cello concerto has no direct connection with Shakespeare, it has that headlong energy, all three movements played without pause that will remind you of one of the great soliloquies delivered by his heroes and heroines.

Romeo & Juliet

01/01/0001, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM

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"To be or not to be" is the question Shakespeare poses in Hamlet. We answer that question this week in a program inspired mostly by Shakespeare. To be? Most certainly yes, in DeVos Hall as we revel in music both comic and serious drawn from The Bard’s immortal plays. His most romantic tragedy is Romeo and Juliet and Prokofiev created one of his greatest works telling the tale as a ballet. The music is so vivid and evocative that you will be able to recreate in your mind’s eye and hear the story of the doomed, star-crossed lovers. And to begin, music of nervous energy and laughter by Berlioz to introduce an opera based on Shakespeare’s wittiest comic characters, Beatrice and Benedict – a story that celebrates the battle of the sexes. And while the Saint-Saëns cello concerto has no direct connection with Shakespeare, it has that headlong energy, all three movements played without pause that will remind you of one of the great soliloquies delivered by his heroes and heroines.

Berlioz Overture to Béatrice et Bénédict
Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1
Prokofiev Selections from Romeo and Juliet

Concert Program Notes

Tickets starting at $18, $5 for full time students!

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Larry Rachleff, Artistic Advisor/Conductor

Jakob Koranyi, Cello

Sponsors

Series Sponsor:

Mr. and Mrs. Richard and Helen DeVos

Guest Artist Sponsor:

Edith I. Blodgett Guest Artist Fund

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