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Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet 2024-2025

Prokofiev depicted the star-crossed romance of Romeo and Juliet with ardent lyricism, while in Four Spirits, Abel Selaocoe tells of South Africa with astounding creativity.

 

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Prokofiev depicted the star-crossed romance of Romeo and Juliet with ardent lyricism and great melodic inventiveness, while in Four Spirits, Abel Selaocoe tells of South Africa using his powerful voice, explosive rhythms, and astounding creativity. At the crossroads of traditions, these two soundscapes come together for a glorious musical experience and, with Selaocoe’s participatory work, an uncommon concert experience.

Artists

Orchestre symphonique de Montréal

Xian Zhang, conductor

Abel Selaocoe, cello and voice

Bernhard Schimpelsberger, percussion

Programme

Maurice Ravel, Ma mère l’Oye [Mother Goose], Suite* (16 min.)

Abel Selaocoe, Four Spirits, for cello, voice and orchestra (40 min.)

Intermission (20 min)

Sergei Prokofiev, Romeo and Juliet, op. 64, excerpts (45 min.)

* May 21 and 22 evening concerts only.

Total duration125minutes