PSO has romantic music on tap for Feb. 14

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PORTLAND — The Portland Symphony Orchestra will present some of the most evocative, romantic music written for ensemble at its Tuesday Classical concert on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14.

Featured will be guest pianist and Maine native Henry Kramer, and guest artists from Portland Stage. The orchestra, under the direction of Robert Moody, will perform at 7:30 p.m. at Merrill Auditorium.

The program opens with Peter Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy,” followed by Kramer as soloist in W.A. Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major and selections from Sergei Prokofiev’s ballet score, “Romeo and Juliet.”

The movements are arranged in dramatic order, beginning with the ominous “Montagues and Capulets” and moving into the sweeter “Young Juliet,” and on to “Masks,” “Balcony Scene,” “The Death of Tybalt” and “Friar Lawrence,” before concluding with the heartbreaking “Romeo at Juliet’s Tomb.”

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Interspersed throughout and corresponding with the music, four actors from Portland Stage will narrate selections from Shakespeare’s play.

A native of Cape Elizabeth, Kramer is a recent winner of the National Chopin Competition. He has performed with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra and the Bowdoin International Music Festival, and in recital across Europe. He is a recent graduate of The Juilliard School, where he is currently working on his master’s degree.

Tickets, ranging from $20 to $70 with special pricing available for students and seniors, are available through PortTIX.com or by calling 842-0800. People may also visit the PortTIX box office at 20 Myrtle St. between noon and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

A Concert Conversation will be held in the Rehearsal Hall at 6:15 p.m. The concert will be broadcast on MPBN’s “Maine Stage” at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 21.

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