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Romeo and Juliet

Date and Time

Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 2:00 pm


Eastlake Performing Arts Center
Eastlake High School
400 228th AVE NE
Sammamish, WA 98074


Bernstein-Overture to West Side Story
Delius-Walk to Paradise Garden from the opera, A Village Romeo & Juliet
Chausson-Poem for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 25
Gloria Ferry-Brennan, violin
Ravel-Tzigane for Violin and Orchestra
Leah Nelson, violin
Tchaikovsky-Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture
Gounod-Selections from the ballet, Romeo & Juliet

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Shakespeare’s tale of the star-crossed lovers has inspired numerous composers over three centuries, and varied genres including opera, symphonic poem, ballet, Broadway musical, cinema, and pop songs. The program features the themes of Romeo & Juliet interpreted by Tchaikovsky, Delius, and Prokofiev, as well as the most famous musical theatre adaptation – West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein.


Leah Nelson

Photograph of Leah NelsonLeah Nelson is a fourth-year student of Paul Kantor at Rice University. She attended the Cleveland Institute of Music for two years prior to studying at Rice. Her previous teachers include Simon James, Ronald Patterson, and Kent and Jan Coleman. During her first year in Cleveland, she was a winner of the school’s Concerto Competition and performed the first Shostakovich Violin Concerto with the CIM orchestra. Leah has also performed with numerous orchestras in the Seattle area, including the Bellevue Philharmonic, Federal Way Symphony, Seattle Youth Symphony, and the Seattle Symphony in its 'Arts in Education' concerts. In addition to her solo performances, she has received first place in competitions including the Washington MTNA, WMEA Solo and Ensemble, and the Simon-Fiset String Competition. In 2007, she was selected to perform as a recitalist in the 9th annual Seattle Chamber Music Society's Emerging Artist Concert. The following year, her piano quintet was featured on a From the Top radio broadcast and in 2009 she participated in the New York String Orchestra Seminar, performing at Carnegie Hall. Leah has had master classes with artists and pedagogue including James Ehnes, Ani Kavafian, Brian Lewis, Jan Sloman, Victor Danchenko, Judith Ingolfsson, and Jacques Israelievitch. In past summers she has attended Summit Music Festival, Heifetz International Music Institute, and most recently the Aspen Music Festival as an orchestral fellowship recipient.

Gloria Ferry-Brennan

Photograph of Ferry-BrennanGloria Ferry-Brennan, 16, is currently a student of Simon James and piano accompanist Hiro David of the Coleman Violin Studio in Seattle, WA. Her recent summer studies have included the Brian Lewis Young Artist Program in Kansas, as well as the Aspen Music Festival where she studies with Paul Kantor. Gloria has served as concertmaster for the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra and has appeared as a soloist with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, the Avanti Orchestra, the Saratoga Orchestra, the Ottawa (KS) Chamber Orchestra, the Seattle Festival Orchestra, the Sammamish Symphony Orchestra, Phiharmonia Northwest, among others. This fall she performed with her band, 3 Cent Stamp, at DjangoFest Northwest and received the 2013 Saga DjangoFest Award for Outstanding Young Musicianship in the Genre of Gypsy Jazz. She won first place in the Music Teachers National Association Junior Strings Competition, 3rd place in the Johansen International Competition for Young String Players, and was a concerto competition winner of the Seattle Young Artists Music Festival. Last May, Gloria was one of ten young violinists chosen to participate in the Starling DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies at the Juilliard School. She has taken classes at the Seattle Conservatory of Music and Academy of Music Northwest. Gloria is a Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholar and was featured on the National Public Radio program, "From the Top".

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