The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert on WRTI 90.1: Yannick Conducts Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet

Sep 18, 2019

On Sunday, Sept. 22 at 1 PM, the Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on WRTI brings us Sergei Prokofiev’s brilliant take on Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts a performance of the complete ballet, with some cuts of repeated material. And for this production, the Philadelphians are joined by the Philadelphia-based theater group known as JUNK, a mainstay of Philadelphia’s FringeArts Festival, cleverly bridging the gap between dance and physical theater.

Think of a ballet danced and acted in the air above the stage, a blend of traditional dance-theater, acrobatics, and circus arts!

Romeo and Juliet is performed with an intermission. Acts I and II come before the break, and Acts III and IV after. We’ll undoubtedly hear oohs and aahs, applause, and other reactions from the Verizon Hall audience, as the members of JUNK dance in mid-air, fly above the stage, and engage in all manner of death-defying acts. We’ll help fill in the blank spaces of your imagination!

From the Dance of the Knights, to the Balcony Scene, from the death of Mercutio to the death of Juliet, Prokofiev has written some of the most powerfully moving music ever composed. And you can hear it all, Sunday, September 22nd  from 1 to 3 PM on WRTI 90.1, and streaming worldwide at

During intermission, WRTI’s Susan Lewis speaks with Yannick, and Debra Lew Harder discusses the innovative theatrical concept of this production with the choreographer and general director of JUNK, Brian Sanders.


Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op. 54

Act I

  • Introduction
  • Interlude
  • Masks
  • Dance of the Knights
  • Juliet’s Variation
  • Tybalt Recognizes Romeo
  • Gavotte (The Departure of the Guests)
  • The Balcony Scene
  • Romeo’s Variation
  • Love Dance

Act II

  • Folk Dance
  • Romeo at Friar Laurence’s Cell
  • Juliet at Friar Laurence’s Cell
  • The People’s Merry-Making Continues
  • Tybalt Encounters Mercutio
  • Tybalt Fights with Mercutio
  • The Death of Mercutio
  • Romeo Decides to Avenge Mercutio’s Death
  • Finale of Act II



  • Introduction
  • Farewell Before Parting
  • Juliet Refuses to Marry Paris
  • Juliet Alone
  • Interlude
  • At Friar Laurence’s Cell
  • Interlude
  • Juliet Alone
  • Dance of the Girls with Lilies
  • At Juliet’s Bedside

Act IV

  • Juliet’s Funeral
  • The Death of Juliet

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor

Gregg Whiteside is producer and host of the Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcasts, every Sunday at 1 pm on WRTI 90.1, streaming online at, and on our mobile app! Listen again on Mondays at 7 pm on WRTI HD-2