BSO: Shakespeare in Love & Simon Trpceski
Although you might not know it by name, the love theme from Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet is one of the most instantly recognizable pieces of music ever written. It's been the soundtrack to so many on-screen kisses, its use has become a joke in itself, popping up in everything from South Park to Sesame Street. In Tchaikovsky's Fantasy-Overture, the master Russian composer brings Shakespeare's romantic tragedy to life through sound, from the jagged rhythms of the warring Capulets and Montagues to the climactic symbol crash of the lovers' deaths. Deeply influenced by Shakespeare, Tchaikovsky also wrote a piece inspired by The Tempest, which you'll hear as well. Joining the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall is pianist Simon Trpceski, who will perform Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 1. Trpceski has played with the world's top orchestras, and his debut release received Editor's Choice and Debut Album awards from Gramophone magazine.