John Nelson returns for an evening based on ‘Romeo and Juliet’

John Nelson is back as guest conductor for the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional Friday night and Sunday morning.

Nelson, a U.S. citizen who was born in Costa Rica, is here frequently.

The orchestra for this performance is back at the Teatro Nacional, which has been under construction. The orchestra will not have a guest performer for these two concerts. Instead, the program includes three works inspired by “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare. The playwright’s 450th birthday was this week.

The first is three pieces from “Roméo et Juliette, Op. 17” by Hector Berlioz. Then there is scheduled the “Romeo and Juliet, fantasy Overture” by Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky.

The tragic romance also inspired the broadway hit “West Side Story,” and the orchestra will present the music from the famous dance sequence. That was written by Leonard Bernstein.

Nelson is scheduled to present two more concerts this season. This will be next month and the word will be the “passion according to St. John” by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Nelson studied at the Juilliard School in New York and has conducted all over the world. He was last at the Teatro Nacional in May 2013.

This is the third orchestra concert of the season. The Friday performance is at 8 p.m., and the Sunday concert is at 10:30 a.m. As always there is a range of ticket prices starting at 4,000 colons or about $7.40. There also are big discounts for seniors and students.

Unlike the Teatro Popular Melico Salazar where the orchestra has been playing while work took place at the Teatro Nacional, the cheap seats are far more comfortable and accessible.

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