In Focus (Adella Premium) Ep. 6, Carmen-Suite

Event Information

  • Dates: March 11, 2021 Available On-Demand
  • Who: The Cleveland Orchestra Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
  • Venue: Adella Online (

Event Dates and Tickets

Thursday, March 11, 2021 7:00PM

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About the Music

Shchedrin  Carmen-Suite
(complete ballet music for percussion and string orchestra)

Bizet’s colorful and flamboyant opera Carmen, with its eye-popping portrayal of on-the-street living filled with smoking, fighting, and drinking women scandalized Parisian audiences but became wildly famous for its music and emotional intensity.

Franz Welser-Möst offers a different look at this beloved work through a brilliant arrangement for string orchestra and percussion, created as a ballet score by Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin for his dancer wife, prima ballerina Maya Plisetskaya. The intense passions of this famously tune-filled opera are revealed in unexpected detail across thirteen movements, just begging you to dance.

In addition to the concert performances, each episode of In Focus includes behind-the-scenes interviews and features about the music and musicmaking.


Performing Artists

The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor


Program Notes

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