Philharmonic "Pops"

The Philharmonic presents a special summer concert with an emphasis on works with an established popular appeal. Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, classical music’s most widely-known evocation of Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy, shares the bill with another Russian blockbuster, Prokofiev’s alternately bold and lyrical Piano Concerto No. 1, performed by one of our major local artists, pianist Anastasia Solomatina. The 150th anniversary of the birth of Ralph Vaughan Williams will be celebrated via his jaunty English Folksong Suite. Finally, in the best “pops” tradition, the orchestra will play a handful of works by America’s leading composer of “light” works, Leroy Anderson.

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS | English Folksong Suite

TCHAIKOVSKY | Romeo and Juliet

PROKOFIEV | Piano Concerto No. 1 in D-flat

Soloist | Anastasia Solomatina piano

ANDERSON |

Belle of the Ball

Summer Skies

The Waltzing Cat

Fiddle-Faddle

2pm

Benaroya Hall

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2 pm

Benaroya Hall

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