Saturday 18 January 2014 - 00:00
The Kolobov Novaya Opera Theatre, Moscow

The programme features compositions by Sir William Walton (1902–1983) and Felix Mendelssohn (1847) based on the works of William Shakespeare.

The idea of a concert commemorating the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth came from the Novaya Opera’s Chief Conductor, Jan Latham-Koenig. In the first part, the Maestro will present an original composition combining music by the 20th century British composer, Sir William Walton, featured in Laurence Olivier’s films Henry V (1944) and Hamlet (1948) and excerpts from the Shakespearean tragedies. Sir Laurence acted as director, screen writer, producer and actor in both films. He won an Academy Award for the role of Hamlet. Walton’s brilliant film music has since taken on a life of its own and is often performed in concerts as orchestral suites.

The second part of the concert includes the complete version of Mendelssohn’s incidental music to Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream complemented by excerpts from the original text. Soloists: Victoria Shevtsova and Elizaveta Soina.

Recommended for children aged 6 and over.

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