Stéphane Denève - Conductor
The Philadelphia Singers Chorale - Mixed chorus
Williams - Excerpts from Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Lindberg - Graffiti, for chorus and orchestra
Prokofiev - Excerpts from Romeo and Juliet
Saturday, April 25, 2015
This concert explores the unknown worlds of distant stars, buried ruins of a past civilization beneath our feet, and the depths of our inner souls and passions. Conductor Stéphane Denève is a strong proponent of John Williams, the most prolifically heard 20th century composer but performed here for the first time on a subscription concert. His Close Encounters of the Third Kind ranges from the avant-garde to the Disney theme “When You Wish Upon a Star.” Graffiti heads underground, to the buried ruins at Pompeii. The Latin text sung by the Philadelphia Singers Chorale comes from actual wall writing discovered at the ancient site. And the tragic tale of Romeo and Juliet was centuries old when Shakespeare produced his version in the late 16th century. Here, we have Prokofiev’s indelible 20th-century translation of the tragedy into music. This is truly a concert for the ages.
Please be aware that Lindberg’s Graffiti contains adult language, which will appear in print in Playbill.
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