Chicago Philharmonic
Romantic Rapture
Verdi, Mendelssohn, Prokofiev

Romantic Rapture: Verdi, Mendelssohn, Prokofiev

Program Notes

Sunday, May 11, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Pick-Staiger Hall,
50 Arts Circle Drive
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Scott Speck, Conductor; Benjamin Beilman, Violin
On Mother’s Day, Scott Speck returns for Romantic Rapture, an evening of great Romantic and post-Romantic masterworks. Guest violinist Benjamin Beilman, 2012 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient and alumnus of the Music Institute of Chicago, woos our audience with the singing strains of Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto.  In celebration of Verdi’s 200th birthday, we perform the Overture to his opera La forza del destino.  We also present highlights of Sergei Prokofiev’s most brilliant ballet, Romeo and Juliet.  Specially selected actors from Chicago Shakespeare Theater perform highlights from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, portraying the most famous young lovers in theater history.