Utah Symphony offers ‘Romeo and Juliet’ for Valentine’s Day

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The Utah Symphony will present a romance-themed show for Valentine’s Day featuring selections inspired by the famous star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet.

“Romeo and Juliet” is scheduled to run Valentine’s Day weekend with a special, additional performance on Thursday, Feb. 14. The performance will include Tchaikovsky’s “‘Romeo and Juliet’ Fantasy Overture,” selections from Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet” and Robert Schumann’s “Concerto in A Minor,” featuring award-winning pianist Nicholas Angelich.

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Hilarie Ashton, the orchestra’s spokesperson, said the show has been compiled to incorporate a romantic theme for the holiday.

“The theme for the show really is romance,” Ashton said. “Not only are the pieces from the Romantic Era, but it’s also the age-old love story that everybody knows.”

The tragic tale of Romeo and Juliet has affected lovers of all ages. It has inspired artists and composers to recount the tale through means such as film, music, art and dance.

Both Tchaikovsky’s and Prokofiev’s compositions were modeled after the love between Romeo and Juliet. Robert Schumann’s piece, however, originates from his own love story. He composed the work to show his deep love and devotion for his wife, Clara.

“This show is perfect for BYU students,” Ashton said. “It’s a fantastic date night activity whether you are with your sweetheart or with someone you are hoping will be your sweetheart.”

For more information, visit the Utah Symphony’s website.

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