The Resident Symphony Orchestra of the City of Anaheim

RELEASE NOTES

Bad Romance


Orange County Symphony Presents Bad Romance
Love Goes Horribly Wrong with the Resident Symphony
of the City of Anaheim

The Orange County Symphony (OCS) will give the final concert of its 2014-15 season on Sunday, May 17, featuring two all-time favorites by 19th-century Romantic Russian composers.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) called his Romeo and Juliet an overture-fantasy, and in the twenty-minute symphonic poem, the composer depicts characters and moments from the Shakespeare play with heightened emotion and expressivity, as well as a vivid sense of drama and spectacle. Best known for its soaring love theme, the work has been used in countless films and television shows, from 1927’s The Jazz Singer to Animaniacs and SpongeBob SquarePants.

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s (1844-1908) Scheherazade is one of the titans of the orchestral repertory. The composer took The Arabian Nights as his inspiration; each of the four movements of the piece is given a thematic designation from the Arabic story collection: The Sea and Sinbad's Ship, The Kalendar Prince, The Young Prince and The Young Princess, and Festival at Baghdad/The Sea/The Ship Breaks against a Cliff Surmounted by a Bronze Horseman. Already a brilliant and innovative orchestrator, Rimsky-Korsakov’s fascination with the exoticism of The Arabian Nights inspired him of the most spellbindingly colorful writing of his career. OCS’s performance will feature breathtaking violin solos by the orchestra’s concertmaster, Seungjai Chung.  

Founded in 1985, the Orange County Symphony is a regional semi-professional orchestra serving a metropolitan area of approximately 3 million people. The OCS is honored to be part of the Anaheim community and, in July, 2011, was designated as the Resident Symphony Orchestra of the City of Anaheim. The organization also recently initiated an after-school music education program in collaboration with the Anaheim City School District, serving over 1000 students in over ten schools.

The orchestra is led by Dr. David Rentz, an accomplished choral, orchestral, and opera conductor, who currently serves on the faculty of Chaffey College, as choral director at the First Congregational Church of Riverside, and as resident conductor of the Chamber Opera Players of Los Angeles.

For booking, interviews, and complimentary tickets for reviews, please contact:
Dorothy Rose, (714) 778-0314
dorothy_rose@ocsymphony.org