This concert features a variety of music inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, interspersed with scenes from the play itself. From Bernstein’s toe-tapping West Side Story, Tchaikovsky’s romantic Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, and Warbeck’s moving film score to Shakespeare in Love, come hear how great composers have reinterpreted Shakespeare’s timeless and tragic story of two star-crossed lovers.
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Conductor – Yaniv Segal
PROKOFIEV – Montagues and Capulets
WARBECK – Shakespeare in Love: Suite
BERNSTEIN – Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
TCHAIKOVSKY – Romeo and Juliet Overture Fantasy
PROKOFIEV – Romeo and Juliet: Romeo at the Tomb of Juliet
Honoring Dr. Stella I. Tsai
Partnering with Theatre Macon
Yaniv Segal, profiled by Esquire Magazine as a rising star that is “redefining classical music,” is a versatile musician who brings a wide breadth of experience
and accomplishment to a performance. In the spotlight from a young age, Yaniv’s first public performance was as an eight year old violinist. As a boy
soprano, Yaniv joined the Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus in 1989 and later toured the USA and Japan as Colin in The Secret Garden. His stage acting career culminated in a role in Tom Stoppard’s Hapgood, which he performed at Lincoln Center.
Yaniv is an advocate of music that is contemporary and relevant to modern culture. He first cofounded and music directed the Mahagonny Ensemble at Vassar College – a chamber orchestra devoted to music of the past 100 years. While a freelance violinist in NYC, he was a founding member of the the cutting-edge new music organization Pamplemousse Ensemble. In 2005, he cofounded the Chelsea Symphony and under Yaniv’s baton, the orchestra garnered critical attention when the New York Times praised a performance of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony as an “earnest, vibrant account.
Yaniv completed his graduate studies at the University of Michigan, where he studied conducting with the renowned pedagogue Kenneth Kiesler, and composition with Bright Sheng, Evan Chambers, and Kristin Kuster.
As a child of Polish and Israeli immigrants, Yaniv grew up speaking three languages in a multi-cultural household. He was one of thirty-two recipients of the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans in 2009.