- One ticket to California Symphony: “Be My Valentine - The Greatest Love Story Ever Told”
- When: Tuesday, February 11, at 7:30 p.m.
- Where: Lesher Center for the Arts – Hofmann Theatre
- Door time: 7 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.<p>
- $35 for level-one seating in the orchestra or balcony (up to $73 value)
- $29 for level-two seating in the orchestra or balcony (up to $63 value)
- Click to view the seating chart. Level-one seats, whether in the orchestra or balcony, have the best sight-lines in the theater.<p>
- Prokofiev–Selections from Romeo and Juliet: The composer brings to life every fight, kiss, and hydra slaying of the famous tragedy, working against his generally cold style for more lush, romantic arrangements.
- Tchaikovsky–Selections from Romeo and Juliet: Tchaikovsky’s take on Shakespeare’s tale sounds a darker, more ominous chord than Prokofiev’s.
- Bizet–Selections from Carmen: Though George Bizet’s Carmen is now considered one of the greatest operas of all time, its initial 1875 production was plagued by controversy over its titillating themes of seduction and murder.
- Marquez–Danzón No. 2</b>: Written to express his love for the danzón (a Cuban salon dance) and its effect on urban Mexican music, Marquez’ piece begins with a lilting clarinet solo before giving way to more full-bodied, exuberant rhythms.
- Mascagni–Cavalleria Rusticana: The wild success of Mascagni’s one-act opera of jealousy and passion haunted the composer, whose future works would never again reach such great heights.
- Gershwin–”Embraceable You” and “S’Wonderful”: Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, Gloria Estefan, Billie Holliday, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Paul Anka, Engelbert Humperdinck, Judy Garland, Shirley Bassey, Diana Krall—that’s a very partial list of artists who have covered these two doe-eyed American classics.
- Porter–”Night and Day”: According to AllMusic.com, Frank Sinatra called this tune—originally from the 1932 musical The Gay Divorcee—”one of the best songs written in the world in the past 100 years.”<p>
Although the California Symphony has existed for 30 years, the musicians always keep their instruments’ eyes peeled for the next generation of talent. This is accomplished through their acclaimed Young American Composer-in-Residence Program, which hosts emerging composers for three years so they can write, rehearse, and record a new composition. Also among the company’s high points is Lou Harrison: A Portrait, an album they recorded with Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Al Jarreau. All of these accomplishments—both new and old—led to Reader’s Digest naming the California Symphony the Best Symphony Orchestra in America in 2005.