Thursday 15 June 2017 - 20:00
Concert Hall, Seoul Arts Center

One of the most tragic love stories written by the great English writer Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet has inspired many great composers. In this concert, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra performs the “Romeo and Juliet”-themed masterworks by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Bernstein under the baton of a young maestro Alexandre Bloch.

 “Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene…” Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is one of those stories that transcend its own time and culture: this tale of young lovers caught between warring factions has inspired composers across different nations - and centuries. Tchaikovsky’s overture, with its famous love theme, sings of forbidden longing in a violent world, while Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story shifts the drama, kicking and dancing, to the mean streets of 1950s New York. Prokofiev’s much-loved ballet, meanwhile retells Shakespeare’s “star-crossed” love story in the bold melodies and powerful rhythms of Soviet Russia.

But under the superb young French conductor Alexandre Bloch, they’ll have one thing in common: a passionate soul.

Romeo and Juliet


  • Tchaikovsky, Romeo and Juliet, Fantasy-Overture
  • Bernstein, West Side Story-Symphonic Dances
  • Prokofiev, Selections from Prokofiev's Romeo & Juliet

Alexandre Bloch, Conductor

Admired for his enthusiasm and energy, Alexandre Bloch is music director of Orchestre National de Lille from the beginning of the 2016/17 season and principal guest conductor of Düsseldorfer Symphoniker. The French conductor came to international attention as winner of Donatella Flick’s LSO Conducting Competition in October 2012, after which he served as assistant conductor at the London Symphony Orchestra.

The 2016/17 season includes debuts with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National d’Ile-de-France, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre Métropolitain and Brussels Philharmonic. Return visits include to Orchestre National de France, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, Royal Northern Sinfonia, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. He will also conduct Donizetti’s l’Elisir d’Amore at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein and a concert version of Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles with the Orchestre National de Lille.

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UK/Korea 2017-18