Timeless story of love

Grigor Palikarov

On 14 February, Valentine's Day, Fortissimo Family and the Sofia Philharmonic will be transporting Verona to Sofia's Bulgaria Hall with a music celebration dedicated to love.

Maxim Eshkenazy will take on the role of Romeo and recite Shakespeare verses, while the part of Juliette will be portrayed by the up-and-coming actress Radina Borshosh.

As part of the programme, the Sofia Philharmonic orchestra will perform fragments of musical works inspired by the timeless story of the love between the two young Veronese. The concert will be conducted by Grigor Palikarov. Romeo and Juliet is among the most famous, most staged and most often adapted to film plays of all time.

Over the years, brilliant composers such as Sergey Prokofiev, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Hector Berlioz, Charles Gounod, Nino Rota and others have explored the theme of all-consuming love. The Bulgarian audience will have the chance to hear fragment of selected works inspired by the play Romeo and Juliet. 

Shakespeare's masterful use of words weaves love, family dynamics, foolishness and madness, faith and freewill together. All works of music inspired by this drama capture that rich amalgamation.

The organisers of the event believe that age has no sway over love, which is why they have made this retelling of the musical story an experience for the entire family.

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