Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare’s tragedy of young love and family honor, rendered in the universal language of dance, inspired Prokofiev’s most impassioned and romantic music. Seattle Symphony's Principal Cello Efe Baltacıgil takes on Haydn’s enriching Cello Concerto.

*Please note the Saturday night subscription concert takes place on Sunday, May 20, at 2pm.


Dates and Tickets

  • 17 May (Thu) 2018 7:30PM
  • 20 May (Sun) 2018 2:00PM

Pre-concert Talk

Pre-concert Talk presented one hour prior to each performance. Free with ticket purchase.

Ask the Artist

Ask the Artist to follow the Thursday night concert. Free with ticket purchase

Running time

1 hour, 34 minutes

Doors open

1 hour, 30 minutes prior to performance


S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium - Benaroya Hall


Karina Canellakis


Winner of the 2016 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award, Karina Canellakis is internationally acclaimed for her emotionally charged performances, technical command and interpretive depth. She first made headlines in 2014 filling in at the last-minute for Jaap van Zweden in Shostakovich Symphony No. 8 with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, where she held the position of Assistant Conductor for two seasons. Ms. Canellakis began the 2017/18 season with her debut at the BBC Proms in London with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and a return to the Zurich Opera to conduct Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.

Efe Baltacıgil


Principal Cello of the Seattle Symphony since fall 2011, Baltacıgil was previously Associate Principal Cello of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 2003.

Seattle Symphony

The Seattle Symphony is one of America’s leading symphony orchestras and is internationally acclaimed for its innovative programming and extensive recording history.





Antonín Dvořák

The Wild Dove

Joseph Haydn

Cello Concerto in D major

Sergey Prokofiev

Romeo and Juliet Suite No. 2


Efe Baltacıgil’s performances are generously underwritten by Patricia and Jon Rosen. Karina Canellakis’ performances are generously underwritten by Eric and Margaret Rothchild.

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