Chicago Symphony Orchestra
James Conlon, Conductor
Yo-Yo Ma, Cello
|Prokofiev:||Romeo and Juliet Suite|
|Tchaikovsky:||Andante Cantabile in B Major for Cello and Strings
|Variations on a Rococo Theme in A Major, Op. 33
Once castigated as the “bad boy” of Russian music because of his daring first piano concerto, Prokofiev later embraced a more mellow and crowdpleasing style exemplified by his ballet Romeo and Juliet. A staple in the repertoire of great ballet companies around the world, it ranks with the various interpretations by Bellini (opera), Berlioz (symphony), Tchaikovsky (tone poem) and Bernstein (Broadway musical) as one of the all-time great musical versions of Shakespeare’s timeless love story. Maestro James Conlon will then accompany cello superstar Yo-Yo Ma in two popular and melodious Russian works, the Andante cantabile from Tchaikovsky’s first String Quartet (arranged for solo cello and string orchestra) and his virtuosic Variations on a Rococo Theme.
This event is part of The Soviet Arts Experience, a 16-month-long, Chicago-wide showcase of works by artists who created under (and in response to) the Politburo of the Soviet Union. Visit www.SovietArtsExperience.org for a full schedule of events. Astronomers on site with equipment and knowledge to share with concertgoers
Music and Astronomy Under the Stars
Dr. Donald Lubowich, Coordinator of the Astronomy Outreach Program at Hofstra University, will give concertgoers a spectacular glimpse of the heavens. This NASA-sponsored program will include telescope observations of the Sun prior to the concert and of the Moon (depending on the phase), Saturn, multi-colored double stars, star clusters, and nebulae at intermission and after the events –combined with videos, posters, banners and hands-on-activities including the sounds of the Sun with a radio telescope.