Q & A with Conductor Sameer Patel on our next Family Festival Series program, Much Ado About Music:
April 1, 2016
What does Shakespeare mean to you?
He's one of the greatest contributors to the human condition and spirit. While the words within his plays and sonnets are eternal, it's his legacy that is so far-reaching and impresses me the most: composers, writers, actors, and artists have all felt his influence. And though he's been gone for 400 years, his legend lives on as he continues to inspire so many people from all parts of the world.
Do you have a favorite play by Shakespeare?
Over the past few years I've rediscovered his plays and have read at least two each year. Hamlet is my favorite so far, as I love the depth and complexities of the characters. At the moment I'm reading A Midsummer Night's Dream and hopefully I'll get around to King Lear after our season finishes in May!
What are you most looking forward to at this concert?
I love artistic collaborations, and this program is full of them. We'll be sharing the stage with the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet, professional and student actors, as well as musicians from three area youth orchestras who will be performing alongside the San Diego Symphony. The program is full of great music and It showcases the Symphony's commitment to collaborating with talented members of our community.
Do you have a favorite piece on this program?
I love each of the pieces we've selected for this program, but my favorite is without a doubt The Montagues and Capulets from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, which will open the concert. His ballet was written almost 350 years after Shakespeare's play, and it vividly captures the drama, characters, and emotions of this timeless story.
Anything else you’d like to add?
We're very lucky to have a wonderful partner in Vanessa Dinning, who is a local director, arts enthusiast, and Shakespeare buff. Along with her colleagues at the San Diego Shakespeare Society, she has helped us enormously by bringing Shakespeare's legacy to our concert stage.
“If music be the food of love, play on!” Our season finale concert will feature excerpts from many of the great musical works inspired by the genius of William Shakespeare. The program, in collaboration with the The San Diego Shakespeare Society, will feature music of Prokofiev, Korngold, Vaughan Williams, Tchaikovsky and, of course, Mendelssohn. Concert will feature short, delightful excerpts from Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream and Much Ado About Nothing.
As a special treat, the final two works of the concert will be performed with top area junior high and high school music students "side by side" with San Diego Symphony musicians!
Pre-concert activities begin at 1pm! Renaissance Era musicians A Courtly Noyse will perform in the "Young Musicians' Corner!"