Thursday (3/18) on Boise State University’s Arbiter Online (Idaho), Margaret Reimer reports, “On Saturday, March 20, the Morrison Center will be the scene of collaboration between the Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Boise Philharmonic in ‘A Salute to Shakespeare.’ Actors will share the stage with the musicians as they play the music of Franz Liszt, David Diamond and Beethoven. The characters of Shakespeare’s play Hamlet are the subjects of Liszt’s symphonic poem of the same name. Hamlet is portrayed by the violent sounds of trombones and surging strings, and Ophelia is portrayed by a solo flute. David Diamond wrote that his Romeo and Juliet piece ‘convey(s) the beauty and pathos of Shakespeare’s great drama,’ by focusing on the main points of the play: the balcony scene, Romeo and Friar Laurence, Juliet and her nurse, and the death of the doomed lovers. … ‘The tragedy of Shakespeare is going to help put Beethoven’s ‘Fifth Symphony’ in a different light,’ said Robert Franz, music director of the Philharmonic. Franz initiated the collaborations between the Boise Philharmonic and the various groups of the Boise art community. He had organized similar collaborations in Buffalo, N.Y. and found that it fit with his approach to the arts.”

Posted March 18, 2010