Romeos and Juliets – Concert of  Kodály Philharmonic Orchest

Concert of  Kodály Philharmonic Orchestra entitled Romeos and Juliets awaits the audience on the 12th of March at 7.00 p.m. in Kölcsey Centre.

The programme of the event is as follows:

  • Berlioz: Romeo and Juliet, op.17 (orchestral excerpts) 
  • Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet verture fantasy
  • Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

Romeo and Juliet, a well-known love story, has roots in antiquity and is mentioned in Dante’s Divine Comedy. Hector Berlioz‘s dramatic symphony, created in 1839, evokes the mood, emotional content, and key scenes of the story in musical form. Berlioz’s structural and musical solutions resemble Beethoven, with singing soloists and a chorus performing without operatic tasks. The piece follows an order of items: Introduction, Love Scene, Queen Mab’s scherzo, and Romeo alone with the Capulets.

Tchaikovsky‘s Overture Fantasia, a romantic grand orchestral work, explores the tragic love story of Romeo and Juliet. The work, which was first created in 1869, was revised multiple times, ultimately reaching its final version in 1880. The score showcases Tchaikovsky’s genius in form, melodic invention, and colourful arrangements.

Leonard Bernstein‘s 1957 Broadway musical, West Side Story, is a world-renowned success based on the classic Romeo and Juliet plot. The play features Tony and Maria, two rivals from rival groups, and their passionate love, despite prejudices and tensions, leads to tragedy. The musical features iconic songs and symphonic dances, including the Prologue, “Somewhere,” and the Suite, which all reflect the tragic events of the play.

Conductor: Imre Kollár

Ticket prices: HUF 3500, HUF 2700

Tickets can be purchased via this link.


Date: 12 March, 7.00 p.m.
Location: Kölcsey Center, Great Hall

Source: Kodály Philharmonic