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Romeo & Juliet

Published in Masterworks

February 14-15-16 | 8 PM Abravanel Hall

Thierry Fischer, Conductor
Nicholas Angelich, Piano

Prokofiev - Selections from Romeo and Juliet Suites
Schumann - Concerto in A minor for Piano and Orchestra
Tchaikovsky - Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture

Romeo has been found! What better experience for Valentine's Day than a concert featuring the music of the world's most recognizable star-crossed lovers? Join Juliet on the balcony as the Utah Symphony performs two brilliant orchestral versions of Shakespeare's tragic tale. Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky both capture the romance and sacrifice of young love in their magically affecting scores. Between these two masterpieces is Robert Schumann's equally thrilling Romantic-era Piano Concerto. This is the evening against which all "date nights" will forever be compared.

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  • Artist Profile:

    Born in the United States in 1970, Nicholas Angelich began the piano at the age of five and gave his first concert at seven. At thirteen he entered the Paris Conservatoire, where he studied with Aldo Ciccolini, Yvonne Loriod and Michel Béroff. He subsequently studied with Marie-Françoise Bucquet, Leon Fleisher and Maria Joao Pires, winning prizes at the Robert Casadesus and Gina Bachauer International Piano Competitions and the Umberto Micheli Competition.

    Nicholas Angelich now performs in concerts across Europe and North America with, amongst others, the Orchestre National de France and Marc Minkowski, and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Paavo Järvi. He made his debut at Lincoln Center, New York, in May 2003 with the New York Philharmonic under Kurt Masur, and in 2004 toured Japan with Masur and the Orchestre National de France. His recital repertoire includes the Beethoven sonatas and Liszt's Années de Pélérinage, but his interests also extend from Bartók to Boulez and Messiaen to Pierre Henry, who dedicated his Concerto for piano without orchestra to him. His interest in chamber music has led Nicholas Angelich to work with Gautier and Renaud Capuçon, Augustin Dumay, Gérard Caussé and the Ysaÿe and Prazak Quartets.

  • Program:

    Sergei Prokofiev - Selections from Romeo and Juliet
                                    "Tableau" from Suite No. 1, op.  64a
                                    "Morning Dance" from Suite No. 3, op. 101
                                    "The Nurse" from Suite No. 3, op. 101
                                    "Montagues and Capulets" from Suite No.2
                                    "Madrigal" from Suite No. 1, op.  64a
                                    "Masked Ball,’ Suite 1
                                    "Friar Lawrence" from Suite No. 2, op.  64b
                                    "Death of Tybalt,’ Suite 1
                                    "Romeo at the Tomb of Juliet" from Suite No. 2, op.  64b
                                    "The Death of Juliet " from Suite No. 3, op. 101
     
    INTERMISSION
         
    Robert Schumann - Concerto in A Minor for Piano and Orchestra, op. 54
                                         I.  Allegro affettuoso
                                         II.  Intermezzo:  Andantino grazioso
                                         III.  Allegro vivace
    Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture

  • Program Notes:

    Sergei Prokofiev - Selections from Romeo and Juliet
    Robert Schumann - Concerto in A Minor for Piano and Orchestra, op. 54
    Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture