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It was epic: Austin Symphony joins Shakespeare in grand expedition

Michael Barnes – Austin American-Statesman “Austin360”

May 19, 2019

Austin Symphony’s season tagline, “Hear a Great Story,” coalesced in epic narrative fashion during its final concert, “A Shakespearean Evening” at the Long Center for the Performing Arts.

Austin Symphony’s season tagline, “Hear a Great Story,” coalesced in epic narrative fashion during its final concert, “A Shakespearean Evening” at the Long Center for the Performing Arts.

The first part of the program was devoted to excerpts from Hector Berlioz’s grand “Romeo and Juliette.” This enormous piece requires richness, clarity and an ability to switch quickly from one dramatic effect to another. Although necessarily abstract, the music nevertheless tells the tale, or parts of it, nimbly and accurately. The orchestra has rightly won praise in the past few years for its ability to produce a full, comprehensive sound, but in this symphonic treatment of William Shakespeare, the quiet, sad and romantic moments were treated with equal mastery. We left for intermission wanting more of the same.

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