Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet

The passion of Shakespeare's most famous star-crossed lovers comes alive when the Houston Symphony performs Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet. Written in 1935 and premiered in 1938, this work is considered one of Prokofiev's most famous and takes the listener on an emotional journey through the tragic story of the two ill-fated lovers. Listen for the interesting use of the tenor saxophone, Italian flavor and rich imagery leading up to an interesting interpretation of the tragic ending.

Also on the program are Wagner's symphonic poem Siegfried Idyll, written as a gift to his wife Cosima, and young Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang's interpretation of Mozart's Violin Concerto, No. 5, often nicknamed Turkish because of its similarities to Mozart's Rondo alla Turca. The Houston Symphony is led here by Hungarian conductor Gilbert Varga.
Thu., Feb. 14, 8 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 16, 8 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 17, 2:30 p.m., 2013


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