Lyell B Clay Concert Theater
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
March 2, 2015
|Tchaikovsky:||Suite from Swan Lake, Opus 20a|
|Prokofiev:||Suite from Romeo and Juliet, Opus 64|
Two of the most popular ballet scores are distilled into symphonic suites by Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony. Today, we take Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake for granted as a commercial success, but Tchaikovsky died believing it to be a failure. Presented later as a memorial tribute to the composer, it finally took wing and is now instantly recognizable to music and dance lovers everywhere. Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet is the musical equal of Shakespeare's literary masterpiece. It is musical storytelling at its dazzling best.
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