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Yale Philharmonia plays Russian music and more May 1

Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra; Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy; Stravinsky: Firebird
April 14, 2015

philharmonia_woolsey3The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale in a concert of Russian legends on Friday, May 1 at 7:30 pm. Shinik Hahm  will lead the orchestra in music by Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, and Strauss.

A feature of the program is Stravinsky’s ravishing ballet Firebird, in its lesser-heard full version from 1910. The ballet is based on Russian folk tales of the magical glowing bird that can be both a blessing and a curse to its owner.

Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy, based on the Shakespeare play, depicts several scenes: Friar Laurence, the Montagues and Capulets fighting in the streets, the popular and recognizable balcony scene, and finally the death of the two lovers.

The concert also includes Strauss’ Also Sprach Zarathustra, based on Nietzsche’s novel of the same name. The opening fanfare, called “Sunrise” in the composer’s program notes, is well-known after its use in Stanley Kubrick’s film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

The concert takes place at 7:30 pm in Woolsey Hall (Corner of College and Grove, New Haven). Tickets start at $10, $8 for Yale employees, $5 for students. There is a $3 surcharge for tickets purchased at the door on the night of the event.