On Mother’s Day, Get Swept Away by Romantic Rapture: Verdi, Mendelssohn, and Prokofiev

Benjamin Beilman joins the Chicago Philharmonic

On Mother’s Day, May 11, at 7:30p.m., join the Chicago Philharmonic at Pick-Staiger Hall for Romantic Rapture:  Verdi, Mendelssohn, Prokofiev.  The program will feature a thrilling performance of Mendelssohn’s iconic Violin Concerto by young virtuoso Benjamin Beilman, fresh from his London Philharmonic debut, and performances by specially selected actors from Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

Romantic Rapture opens with the popular overture to Verdi’s La forza del destino, “The Power of Fate,” and continues with Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto.  Violinist Benjamin Beilman, a graduate of the Curtis Institute and winner of a 2012 Avery Fisher Career Grant and a 2014 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, returns to his Chicago-area musical roots, having studied with Almita and Roland Vamos at the Music Institute of Chicago.  The concert closes with selections from Prokofiev’s ballet suites for Romeo and Juliet, with excerpts from Shakespeare’s play performed by actors from Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

Pick-Staiger Hall is located at 50 Arts Circle Dr., Evanston, IL.  A free shuttle is available to transport guests from the double-decker parking structure off of campus drive to the entrance of the concert hall.  Parking is free on weekends and the concert hall is handicap accessible.  Shuttle service begins 45 minutes before the concert, and runs for 30 minutes after the concert.

Romantic Rapture:  Verdi, Mendelssohn, Prokofiev
May 11th, 7:30p.m.
Pick-Staiger Hall, Evanston

Verdi:  Overture to La forza del destino
Mendelssohn:  Violin Concerto, with Benjamin Beilman
Prokofiev:  Excerpts from Romeo and Juliet, with selected scenes performed by actors from Chicago Shakespeare Theater