SB Symphony begins its season with a Shakespearian saga | Entertainment


The San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra will begin its 93rd season of performances with a presentation titled “Romeo and Juliet vs. West Side Story” on Saturday, March 12.

The concert tackles the iconic story of Shakespeare’s tragic love through unique artistic perspectives.

“I am thrilled that the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra has the opportunity to examine the Shakespearean tragedy of Romeo and Juliet through three completely different lenses; that of three colossal talents – Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Bernstein,” said Anthony Parnther, Music Director and Conductor of the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra.

In the first part, the orchestra will perform the story of the young Roméo Montaigu and Juliette Capulet with Sergueï Prokofiev’s great ballet, “Romeo and Juliet”, and the captivating Fantastic Overture by Piotr Illych Tchaikovsky.

“Tchaikovsky was the first of the three to adopt a musical ‘swing’ with this material and the result was one of the most recognizable melodies in all of the classical repertoire. Prokoviev creates tremendous drama in his ballet version of the story from which we will perform a few selected movements, including the taut, angular Montagues and Capulets that have become the work’s most famous excerpt,” Parnther said.

The second half of the concert will feature selections from “West Side Story” by Leonard Bernstein.

“In 1957, Bernstein and Sondheim changed Broadway forever when they combined forces to create ‘West Side Story’ – the modernized American retelling of Shakespeare’s living history of crossed love,” Parnther said. “We are thrilled to perform the work with two veterans of Bernstein’s ‘West Side Story,’ Chanlon Kaufman and Holly Sedillos, who both performed the roles of Tony and Maria to critical and critical acclaim.”

Sedillos has previously performed with the Symphony Orchestra in its inaugural virtual concert in 2020 and in “Carmina Burana” in 2019.

Kaufman is also joining the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra once again, having last been seen 15 years ago performing selections from “The Phantom of the Opera” under maestro Carlo Ponti, Jr.

Tickets are available online at www.sanbernardinosymphony.org or by calling the box office at (909) 381-5388.

Subscriptions for the 2022 season are also available now. The opening hours of the box office are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday to Friday. Customers are urged to review Symphony’s COVID-19 Safety Policy before making their purchase.

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