Shakespearean Classics | Queensland Symphony Orchestra

William Shakespeare is regarded as the greatest playwright of all time because his stories speak so much to universal human emotion and experiences.

In his comedies, tragedies and histories, he speaks to his audiences about love, revenge, bravery, cowardice, life and death. Is it any wonder then that many famous composers have been inspired by Shakespeare’s work to create music that is equally as dramatic? In this concert, hear a selection of the most powerful and enjoyable works inspired by Shakespeare’s plays from Mendelssohn’s iconic music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream through to Prokofiev’s extraordinary ballet music for Romeo and Juliet.

Presented by HOTA, Home of the Arts and Queensland Symphony Orchestra in association with Opera Queensland.

Program Includes

BEETHOVEN – Overture to Coriolan
MENDELSSOHN – Music from A Midsummer Night’s Dream
PROKOFIEV – Music from Romeo and Juliet
TCHAIKOVSKY – Hamlet; Fantasy Overture after Shakespeare
SCHUBERT – Who is Sylvia? (Was ist Sylvia?), D.891
VERDI – Piangea cantando (Willow Song) from Otello

HOTA Presents the QSO Connect Prodigy Project

An opportunity for Gold Coast students to learn from and perform with QSO musicians HOTA and Queensland Symphony Orchestra invite Gold Coast secondary school instrumental students to apply for the Prodigy Project. Successful applicants will receive live and online mentoring from QSO musicians leading to a duet or trio performance on the evening of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra concert at HOTA on Friday 7 May 2021.

Eat & Drink

The bar will be open for this event – enjoy a drink with friends, or stop by the HOTA Café for a bite to eat. Click through to our Eat and Drink options for opening times and more information.

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