“Legendary Love Stories” A Musical Take on the Greatest Love Stories Ever Told

May 3rd with internationally acclaimed pianist Natasha Paremski
Internationally acclaimed pianist Natasha Paremski (Andrea Joynt photo)

Hyannis, MA - The Cape Symphony’s May concert will play the “heart” strings with a tribute to the greatest love stories ever set to music.

From Rachmaninoff and Ravel to Tchaikovsky, Legendary Love Stories will make audiences fall in love all over again with timeless love stories like Romeo and Juliet, the ancient Greek novel Daphnis and Chloe and the more modern 1980 film, Somewhere in Time featuring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. While the stories are powerful, it’s the music that makes the heart soar with passion and ache with longing.

This show also features the debut of Russian virtuoso Natasha Paremski, an internationally acclaimed pianist who has performed with some of the greatest orchestras in the world including the U.K.’s famous Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in Norway.

A solo by Paremski is a highlight of Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.

“The piece is a set of 24 variations on the twenty-fourth, and last, of Niccolò Paganini’s Caprices for solo violin,” said Artistic Director and Conductor Jung-Ho Pak. “The romantic 18th variation will sound familiar as it appears in a variety of movies and TV shows, including Somewhere in Time.”

Paremski moved to the United States when she was eight, became a U.S. citizen shortly thereafter and is now based in New York. Her professional debut came when she was just nine years old and performed with the El Camino Youth Symphony in California. Even more astonishing, she debuted with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and recorded two albums with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra when she was just 15.

“Natasha performs with astounding virtuosity,” said Pak. “She’ll win you over with her musical sensibility, impeccable technique and dynamic personality. She’s the perfect guest artist for this concert, as we’re certain you’ll fall in love with her,” said Pak.

Also in this performance is Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, based on the Shakespeare play. It reflects scenes from the famous story, including the sword fight between the Montague and Capulet families. The love theme evokes the balcony scene between Romeo and Juliet, as well as the tension caused by the relationship, and ultimately the suicide of the two young lovers.

For Daphnis and Chloe Suite No. 2, composer Maurice Ravel wrote the score as a ballet based on Greek mythology. The Chatham Chorale will lend its voices to the virtuosic showpiece that Cape Symphony Artistic Director and Conductor Jung-Ho Pak said is only performed by orchestras of the highest caliber.

As part of the annual statewide ArtWeek festival, the public is invited to attend an open rehearsal on Friday, May 3 at 7:00 p.m. at the Barnstable Performing Arts Center. Attendees will get a glimpse behind the scenes into how an orchestra rehearses and hear from Artistic Director & Conductor Jung-Ho Pak at 7:15 p.m. about how he prepares for a concert. The event is free, but RSVP is required: https://www.capesymphony.org/artweek-open-rehearsal.

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