Of all the works involving romance written by William Shakespeare few can come close to the passion, romance, drama and tragedy that this masterpiece evokes in the reader. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was so moved and deeply inspired that he composed the “Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture” based on the classic play.
On February 23, 2014, the Canton Youth Symphony will perform this legendary work. Also on this labor of love program will be Bizet’s “L’Arlesienne Suite No. 1” (taken from the play about a young lady from Arles (Provence, France) and her fiancé, Fréderi who courts with madness over his love for this girl.
Rachel Waddell, Canton Youth Symphony Music Director, stated emphatically, “There is a long-standing tradition of romantic tragedies. The works on our program musically tell three different stories. Despite the fact that these stories come from different periods of history and different cultures, the music somehow conveys a universal sense of love and loss. I think our audience will be very impressed with our orchestra's technical ability but even more amazed by their musicality. These young musicians perform at an artistic level far beyond their physical ages.”
Participating in the Canton Youth Symphony Orchestra will be students from GlenOak (Plain), Jackson, Lake, Marlington, Minerva, North Canton Hoover, Perry, St. Thomas Aquinas, Tuslaw, Copley, Revere and Rootstown High Schools as well as students from the North Canton Middle School. There will also be a number of homeschool students participating in the youth symphony.
The Canton Youth Symphony Orchestra will be performing Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture” on February 23, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. at Oakwood Middle School that is located at 2300 Schneider Street, NE, Canton, Ohio (near the intersection of Middlebranch and Schneider Roads).
Tickets for youth symphony concerts are only $7 for adults and $3 for students. Dress is casual and performances are appropriate for ages 6 and older. Tickets are available by walk-up before the concert.
Founded in 1963, the Canton Youth Symphony is comprised of northeast Ohio students in grades 5-12, dedicated to performing concerts that enrich, educate and entertain. Under the direction of Rachel Waddell, the orchestra performs a wide variety of classical music. Parking is free. For more information, please visit www.CantonSymphony.org/education/youth-symphony.