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Cleveland Orchestra closes season in style with spectacular 'West Side Story' film presentation

By Zachary Lewis, The Plain Dealer ,
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CLEVELAND, Ohio - Call it unorthodox. Call it populist. Just don't call the Cleveland Orchestra's season finale anything less than spectacular.

Sure, by performing "West Side Story" live with the film, the orchestra is breaking a few tired, unwritten rules. Instead of its traditional subscription brochure, the orchestra is taking a page out of its "At the Movies" pamphlet.

But who cares? The reward justifies the risk. Any number of core classical works might have filled the season finale slot, but the fact is "West Side Story" suits the occasion perfectly, better than just about anything else.
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Bronx Talk with Gary Axelbank talks to musician Bobby Sanabria about West Side Story and its music.
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How well do you know the music of West Side Story?
Feeling pretty?

by Mary Sollosi • @missollosi

Something’s coming — and it’s some major musical nostalgia.

Fifty-five years ago Tuesday, Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise’s film adaptation of West Side Story premiered in — where else? — New York City. The iconic Hollywood musical went on to win 10 Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actor and Actress (for George Chakiris and Rita Moreno, respectively).

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Tonight won't be just any night. Tonight the New York Philharmonic performs Leonard Bernstein's beloved West Side Story score — from "America" and "Tonight" to "Somewhere" and "Maria" — as the complete, re-mastered, Oscar®-winning film is projected in hi-def, with original vocals and dialogue intact. Experience this iconic New York City love story as never before. Directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins; featuring Robbins's choreography, Ernest Lehman's screenplay, Arthur Laurents's book, and Stephen Sondheim's lyrics.

This concert is a special event of the 2016–17 season.

http://nyphil.org/concerts-tickets/1617/the-art-of-the-score-west-side-story?clicklocation=hp_ue_2
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Wonders in the Dark

by Sam Juliano

The film of West Side Story produces the same brilliant effect as the play. This does not mean that the stage show has merely been duplicated; on the contrary, to get the same effect, it had to be effectively translated into a second medium. Because of the quality of the original materials and of the translation, the result is the best film musical ever made. -Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic

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West Side Story, a cultural institution with a legacy to match any American film in the musical genre or otherwise, is also a curiosity. Read more... )
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Celebrate one of the greatest films of all time as the North Carolina Symphony plays Leonard Bernstein's electrifying score live, while the newly re-mastered film is projected on the giant screen in high definition.

Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh
Saturday, September 27, 2014, 8:00pm

Grant Llewellyn, conductor , North Carolina Symphony

http://www.ncsymphony.org/events/index.cfm?view=details&detailid=1108&eid=1938
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'West Side Story? It's the best music a musician can play'

by Karen Price

For little over a year, Rhys Taylor has been performing the score of West Side Story eight times a week.

If you do the maths, that’s almost 500 times. So isn’t he a little bored of it all by now?

“Not at all,” says the Aberystwyth-born clarinettist, who is part of the 20-strong orchestra on the road with the touring musical, which heads to Wales next week.

“I’m tired but I’m not bored. You can be having the worst day ever but as soon as you play the first notes of the prologue, life’s ok. It’s just wonderful music and a fabulous story. It really cheers you up. And even the sad parts are scored so beautifully.”
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Photos from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Ravinia Festival evenings.

Two magical evenings of West Side Story, the Best Picture Oscar–winning film, on the giant Pavilion and lawn screens while the score is played live by the world-class Chicago Symphony Orchestra led by David Newman.
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Conductor David Newman talks with CNE's Brian McCreath about conducting the Boston Symphony in a live accompaniment to the film West Side Story.
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West Side Story

David Newman - Conductor

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

8:00 pm

The Mann Center for the Performing Arts

Winner of 10 Academy Awards ® including Best Picture, West Side Story, (directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, book by Arthur Laurents and screenplay by Ernest Lehman) comes to life on a huge screen with Leonard Bernstein's electrifying score played live by The Philadelphia Orchestra. With Robbins's breath-taking choreography and such memorable songs with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim as "Maria", "The Jet Song", "Tonight", and "America", this will be an evening the entire family can enjoy.

http://www.philorch.org/concert/west-side-story-2?date=2014-07-30_20-00
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West Side Story

Friday September 5, 2014. 8:00 p.m.

Schermerhorn Symphony Center

Saturday September 6, 2014. 8:00 p.m.

Schermerhorn Symphony Center

Nashville Symphony
Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor



Experience this classic American film as never before when Giancarlo Guerrero and the Nashville Symphony perform Leonard Bernstein’s unforgettable score live, while the newly re-mastered film is shown in glorious high definition on the big screen. Bursting with drama, excitement and delightful songs — including “Tonight,” “America,” “Somewhere” and many more — West Side Story remains one of the greatest movies ever made.

http://www.nashvillesymphony.org/tickets/concert/west-side-story
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BWW CD Review: San Francisco Symphony's WEST SIDE STORY is a Triumph

by David Clarke

When it comes to contemporary classics in American musical theatre, just the sheer mention of Leonard Bernstein's WEST SIDE STORY, with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Arthur Laurents, is enough to get any fan of the medium listening. This beloved masterpiece first premiered in 1957 and Leonard Bernstein had hoped to change the face of the American musical theater with it. That goal wasn't quite accomplished, but his clever orchestrations, drive and ambition, and unique construction made the show a hallmark of the genre that is still adored and studied today.

San Francisco Symphony, with Michael Tilson Thomas as conductor, presented an enthralling staged concert version of WEST SIDE STORY in the summer of 2013. With an immense knowledge of the musical and the man who created the score, Michael Tilson Thomas has expertly lead the opulent San Francisco Orchestra and a cast of brilliant talent through the score. Recorded live from June 27 to July 2, 2013 at the Davies Symphony Hall at the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, the dual disc album is definitely one of the loveliest recordings of the score you'll ever hear.
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Yesterday I received the Michael Tilson Thomas, Cheyenne Jackson, Alexandra Silber cd and it includes two brief essays, one by Jamie Bernstein and the other by Rita Moreno.

Here's Rita's :

I hadn't hear the score of "West Side Story" performed live for more than fifty years - the last time being when I was on the Goldwyn Studios soundstage to pre-record my numbers for the movie. As I headed into Davies Symphony Hall I was filled with excitement and anticipation - I would get to hear the first-ever live concert performance of the original Broadway score.

From the first note...I moved to the edge of my seat, with every nerve ending prepared to receive this astonishing musical assault of notes, chords, and complex rhythms, held together by the sinew of one man's genius. For me, the fiery passion, wit, yearning, dissonance, intensity, joy and sharp angles of this work-for-the-ages were all present and fresh again. Thank you Maestro Michael Tilson Thomas, the San Francisco Symphony, and a superb ensemble.
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Symphony, Moreno feel pretty good about 'West Side Story' CD

Tony Bravo

"Hello, I'm Chita Rivera," EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) winner Rita Moreno cracked when introduced at the release party of the San Francisco Symphony's new live recording of "West Side Story."
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West Side Story
Ravinia Festival

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
David Newman, Conductor

Thursday, July 17, 2014

5:00 PM

Gates Open

8:00 PM

Concert Start

Concert Information

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet has inspired countless adaptations, but few as ubiquitous as Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents’s West Side Story. The CSO performed the score to Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins’s film version in 2011 and tickets sold out quickly—don’t miss this chance to see the Best Picture Oscar–winning film on the giant Pavilion and lawn screens while the score is played live by America’s finest orchestra, conducted by film composer David Newman in his Ravinia debut.

http://ravinia.org/ShowDetails/index?id=746
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Cheyenne Jackson, Alexandra Silber and More Star in San Francisco Symphony's New Live Recording of WEST SIDE STORY; Set for Digital Release Today


Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) and the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) release a new live recording of the first-ever concert performances of Leonard Bernstein's complete score for the musical West Side Story featuring a stellar Broadway cast including Cheyenne Jackson and Alexandra Silber, and the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, on June 10, 2014.

This collector's edition two-disc set available from the SFS Media label includes a 100-page booklet featuring a new interview with MTT, notes from Rita Moreno and Jamie Bernstein, as well as a West Side Story historical timeline, archival photographs, complete lyrics, and rehearsal and performance photos.

Beginning today, May 20, West Side Story will be available for an exclusive early download from iTunes.com/SFSymphony where it is now available for pre-order. The iTunes release is Mastered for iTunes and offered as an interactive iTunes LP with bonus visuals and content provided when viewed in iTunes. The recording can also be pre-ordered on disc from the San Francisco Symphony's online store for delivery by the release date of June 10. This audiophile SACD recording, playable on both standard CD and SACD devices.
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Album review: S.F. Symphony, Bernstein's 'West Side Story'

Joshua Kosman

Last June's season-ending performances of Leonard Bernstein's "West Side Story" by Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony was a memorable occasion on several fronts - not merely a dynamic evening in Davies Symphony Hall but a bold claim for the musical brilliance of the score even in isolation from its theatrical trappings. Not that many of us needed convincing, mind you - the greatness of this music has never been in doubt. But the Symphony's new live recording (available on iTunes this week and on disc next month) brings it all back. To hear this recording is to marvel again at the rhythmic vivacity of Bernstein's writing, his extraordinary range of reference, and the way he adapts the various strains of midcentury American music to his creative vision without weakening their essential character. The orchestra sounds splendid, especially the percussion section, and the cast - led by the great Cheyenne Jackson as Tony - is almost uniformly strong. And "Somewhere," sung with limpid grace by soprano Julia Bullock (whose career has taken off since last year) sounds as beautiful as ever.















http://www.sfgate.com/music/article/Album-review-S-F-Symphony-Bernstein-s-West-5482301.php
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Cheyenne Jackson, Alexandra Silber and More Star in San Francisco Symphony's New Live Recording of WEST SIDE STORY; Set for Digital Release 5/20

Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) and the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) will release a new live recording of the first-ever concert performances of Leonard Bernstein's complete score for the musical West Side Story featuring a stellar Broadway cast including Cheyenne Jackson and Alexandra Silber, and the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, on June 10, 2014.

This collector's edition two-disc set available from the SFS Media label includes a 100-page booklet featuring a new interview with MTT, notes from Rita Moreno and Jamie Bernstein, as well as a West Side Story historical timeline, archival photographs, complete lyrics, and rehearsal and performance photos.
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Behind The Scenes Of WEST SIDE STORY Original Recording With Sondheim & More

by Pat Cerasaro

A fascinating behind the scenes look at the legendary original cast of the iconic Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim/Arthur Laurents musical WEST SIDE STORY recording the show's classic cast album in 1957 is now available to view.

Sondheim is pictured offering advice and notes alongside notable producer Goddard Lieberson, while stars Larry Kert and Carol Lawrence sip tea in between takes in some of the shots.

Then, there is the dynamite diva herself, the one and only Chita Rivera, visibly moved by the rapturous music.

Plus, Larry Kert hits the floor of the studio to really get down while recording "Cool".

Cool, indeed!
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