Prokofiev and Verdi

Valentine's Program

Shakespeare — Love and Madness

Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet (Scenes from the ballet)

Verdi: Otello (Scenes)

Grill: Ophelia Songs (2006 World Premiere)

In its annual Valentine's program, One World Symphony features music based on the incomparable poetry of William Shakespeare, whose sublime depictions of human nature have inspired countless composers.

The timeless tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is a monumental tribute to the power of romantic love. Prokofiev's stirring and vivid adaptation has become one of the best-loved ballets in the repertoire and a favorite of all generations, young and old. Similarly, Verdi's Otello, a classic of the operatic stage, faithfully renders the simmering tension and terrifying drama of Shakespeare's original; Verdi's orchestration has been called a "bright jewel of musical art."

True to its tradition of presenting recent music by contemporary composers, One World Symphony rounds out its program by introducing the world-premiere performance of Ophelia Songs, Stanley Grill's hauntingly poignant composition for soprano, harp, and string orchestra.

One World Symphony, conducted by Artistic Director Sung Jin Hong, has been praised for its enthusiasm and spirited virtuosity. Celebrate this Valentine's season with a musical experience that promises to be passionate and unforgettable!

Artistic Director and Conductor: Sung Jin Hong
Stage Director: Will Bryan

Ophelia: Amberleigh Aller, Kate Oberjat
Otello: Alejandro Olmedo, Christian Sebek
Desdemona: Rosa D'Imperio, Sarah Long
Emilia: Adrienne Metzinger, Eve Orenstein
Iago: Shannon DeVine, Larry Small
Cassio: Ransom Bruce, Nicholas Incarnato
Lodovico: Jerett Gieseler, Duncan Hartman
Roderigo: Trent Schwartz, Alex Wang
Montano: Darren Walker, Bryce Smith

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