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ROMEO AND JULIET
June 15 – 8PM, Thursday / Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall
Alexandre Bloch, conductor
Tchaikovsky, Romeo and Juliet, Fantasy-Overture
Bernstein, West Side Story-Symphonic Dances
Prokofiev, Selections from Prokofiev's Romeo & Juliet
“Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene…” Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is one of those stories that transcends its own time and culture: this tale of young lovers caught between warring factions has inspired composers across different nations - and centuries. Tchaikovsky’s overture, with its famous love theme, sings of forbidden longing in a violent world, while Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story shifts the drama, kicking and dancing, to the mean streets of 1950s New York. Prokofiev’s much-loved ballet, meanwhile retells Shakespeare’s “star-crossed” love story in the bold melodies and powerful rhythms of Soviet Russia. But under the superb young French conductor Alexandre Bloch, they’ll have one thing in common: a passionate soul.
At the start of the 2016/17 season, French-born Alexandre Bloch assumes the position of Music Director of Orchestre National de Lille and since Sept 2015 has been Principal Guest Conductor of Düsseldorfer Symphoniker. His First Prize at the 2012 Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition brought him to international attention and he se...