Oakland Symphony Presents Romeo & Juliet

Image of a violin and a rose for Oakland Symphony Presents Romeo & JulietRomeo and Juliet by Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)
Sergei Prokofiev’s vibrant Romeo and Juliet depicts the fierce war between the Montagues and Capulets, and, of course, the two star-crossed lovers.

Prokofiev’s seventh ballet, Romeo and Juliet, was commissioned by the Kirov Theater in Leningrad during the autumn of 1934.

I have taken special pains,” Prokofiev said, “to achieve a simplicity which will, I hope, reach the hearts of all listeners. If people find no melody and no emotion in this work, I shall be very sorry–but I feel sure that sooner or later they will.”

Other works on the evening’s program are the Violin Concerto in E minor, Opus 64 by Felix Mendelssohn, and Icarus by Lera Auerbach.

Joseph Young, conductor
Rubén Rengel, violin
Cal Shakes Theater Company

Friday, March 24, 2023, from 8 to 10 PM
At the Paramount Theater, 2025 Broadway in downtown Oakland

The Paramount Theatre
The Paramount Theatre is a 3,040-seat Art Deco converted movie theater. When it was built in 1931, it was the largest multi-purpose theater on the West Coast. Today, the Paramount is the home of the Oakland Symphony and the Oakland Ballet, and regularly hosts music of many genres as well as other community events. The Oakland Symphony renovated the theatre during the 1970s. It is currently owned by the City of Oakland and operated by the Paramount Theatre of the Arts, Inc.

The Paramount Theatre is BARTable! Avoid parking hassle and take BART to 19th St/Oakland, only a few blocks from the theatre.

Visit the Oakland Symphony website to purchase tickets.

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