Valentine's Concert

Stéphane Denève - Conductor

The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre


Walton - Selections from As You Like It

Berlioz - Overture to Beatrice and Benedict

Tchaikovsky - Romeo and Juliet


Mendelssohn - Excerpts from Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night's Dream

Saturday, February 14, 2015

8:00 pm Verizon Hall

All the world’s a stage, and on our particular stage, we’re saluting Valentine’s Day with the help of William Shakespeare and the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre. Led by Principal Guest Conductor Stéphane Denève, the Orchestra will offer a sparkling selection of music inspired by the Bard: As You Like It, brilliantly realized by William Walton’s score for a Laurence Olivier film; those quarreling lovers Benedick and Beatrice from Much Ado About Nothing, as imagined by Hector Berlioz; the tragic teenage lovers Romeo and Juliet, immortalized in music by Tchaikovsky; and the much happier scenes from Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, including the famous wedding music. While the Orchestra offers up its heartfelt interpretations of these popular works, actors from the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theater will help turn Verizon Hall into Verona, the Forest of Arden, Messina, even a Fairyland. They’re guaranteed to put you in a romantic mood.

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program notes

Jeremy Rothman, Philadelphia Orchestra Vice President of Artistic Planning; Carmen Kahn, Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre Artistic and Executive Director

Pre-Concert Conversations