Prairie Performances

Inspired by Shakespeare

William Shakespeare 1609

William Shakespeare 1609 By Unknown - The Washington Times, Public Domain

On this week's Prairie Performances, Friday night at 7 pm on WILL-FM 90.9, the Millikin-Decatur Symphony presents an evening of romantic tragedy inspired by the Bard himself. The orchestra pairs Tchaikovsky’s fantasy with Prokofiev’s ballet, both retelling the story of star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. In the midst of these two masterpieces stands Shostakovich’s transcendent Second Piano Concerto, featuring an “astonishing” and “uplifting” performance by special guest pianist, Ilya Yakushev.

“If music be the food of love, play on!”

Opening Night: Inspired by Shakespeare (09/23/2017)

Millikin-Decatur Symphony
Sergey Bogza, conductor
Ilya Yakushev, piano

Tchaikovsky | Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture

Shostakovich | Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 102, F Major

Prokofiev | Selections from Romeo and Juliet Ballet