The San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra will present “Romeo and Juliet vs. West Side Story” 7:30 p.m. March 12 at the California Theatre of the Performing Arts in San Bernardino.
“I’m excited that the San Bernardino Symphony will have the opportunity to examine the Shakespeareantragedy of Romeo and Juliet through three completely different lenses, that of three colossal talents — Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Bernstein,” Anthony Parnther, the orchestra’s music director and conductor said in a news release.
In the first half of the concert, the orchestra will perform the story of young Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet with Sergei Prokofiev’s music for the ballet “Romeo and Juliet” and the “Fantasy Overture” by Piotr Illych Tchaikovsky.
“Tchaikovsky was the first of the three to take a musical ‘swing’ at this material and it resulted in one of the most recognizable melodies of the entire Classical repertoire,” Parnther said. “Prokofiev creates tremendous drama in his ballet version of the story, of which we’ll perform a few select movements, including the tense and angular ‘Montagues and Capulets,’ which has become the most famous excerpt from the work.”
The concert’s second half will feature selections from “West Side Story” by Leonard Bernstein.
“In 1957, Bernstein and (Stephen) Sondheim changed Broadway forever when they combined forces to create ‘West Side Story,’ the modernized, American retelling of Shakespeare’s vivid tale of star-crossed love,” Parnther said. “We’re delighted to perform the work with two veterans of the Bernstein ‘West Side Story,’ Chanlon Kaufmann and Holly Sedillos, both of whom have performed the roles of Tony and Maria to audience and critical acclaim.”
The California Theatre of the Performing Arts is at 562 W. Fourth St.
Tickets are $30-$100. For tickets and the orchestra’s COVID-19 safety policy, go to sanbernardinosymphony.org or call the box office at 909-381-5388.