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Marin Alsop Leads BSO in Film Score and Screening of WEST SIDE STORY

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) Music Director Marin Alsop leads the BSO in a performance of the film score from Bernstein's legendary West Side Story on Thursday, June 13 at 8 p.m. at the Music Center at Strathmore, Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, June 16 at 3 p.m. at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Bernstein's brilliant score will accompany a screening of the 10-time Academy Award-winning motion picture. Please see below for complete program details.


Leonard Bernstein served as an educator, activist, conductor and composer of renowned theater and orchestral works. Yet Bernstein is best-known for West Side Story, his hard-hitting, landmark musical that redefined the rules of theater. West Side Story was the product of a masterful collaboration between Bernstein and writer Arthur Laurents, director and choreographer Jerome Robbins and lyricist Stephen Sondheim.

Since it was first staged in 1957, the much-loved and thrilling West Side Story has seen some 40,000 productions worldwide, has been translated into languages as diverse as Korean and Czech, and has been arranged in a variety of styles from jazz to punk rock. The everlasting appeal of West Side Story is no doubt due to the show's enthralling music, groundbreaking dance routines and enduring storyline.

After all, West Side Story was crafted as an urban, modern day Romeo and Juliet, which employed Shakespeare's timeless themes of young love, passion and tragedy, but gave them new life in the context of rivaling gangs in New York City. Similarly, West Side Story's narrative on Puerto Rican immigrants, gang warfare and teenage angst were hot topics in the newspapers during the 1950s, yet continue to be persistently relevant and meaningful for audiences today.

The immortal quality of West Side Story was further solidified by its incredibly triumphant transition into film. In 1961, the motion picture premiered with great success as the second-highest-grossing movie of that year. For the film, while many of the original stage actors were replaced and Bernstein's music was newly arranged, the power, excitement and anguish of the emotionally charged score, choreography and story comes through with resounding force on the silver screen.



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Jul. 20th, 2013 02:08 pm (UTC)
I attended the Tanglewood Boston Symphony Orchestra/West Side Story (film) Concert, and it was great
This was a fabulously spectacular concert, especially since West Side Story is my all time favorite movie, hands down! The live rendition of the musical score to the film WSS by the Boston Symphony Orchestra added a whole new dimension to an already-great classic film! Not surprisingly, this Tanglewood concert completely sold out, big time, despite the fact that afew more lawn benches had been added. Word had it that there were 20, 000 people or more present. It was so worth the trip out from Boston!

They'll be doing it again, in February of next year, in Boston, at Symphony Hall, and I plan on seeing it again, as weird as this sounds!

Edited at 2013-07-20 02:09 pm (UTC)
Jul. 20th, 2013 03:02 pm (UTC)
Re: I attended the Tanglewood Boston Symphony Orchestra/West Side Story (film) Concert, and it was g
If they did it here I'd definitely go more than once.
Jul. 20th, 2013 03:11 pm (UTC)
Re: I attended the Tanglewood Boston Symphony Orchestra/West Side Story (film) Concert, and it was g
I am planning to go more than once, petzipellepingo! In fact, I plan on seeing it all three times, if possible. When I told a friend of mine that, he thought that I was crazy, but that's his prerogative, I guess.

I've always wanted to see West Side Story on Valentine's Day, and this is my chance. As soon as the tickets go on sale (in early August), I'm going out and buying them! Whoo-hoo!
Sep. 30th, 2013 02:22 pm (UTC)
Re: I attended the Tanglewood Boston Symphony Orchestra/West Side Story (film) Concert, and it was g
Guess what, petzipellepingo! I think that the Boston Symphony Orchestra/West Side Story (film) concert that's coming to Boston in February 2014 is sold out for Saturday night, February 15th, 2014! I think it is, because when I went on the Boston symphony orchestra website, in the tickets/events area just out of curiosity, I no longer saw that particular night in the performance/events list. I'm glad I got my tickets for 2/14 and 2/16th, however!
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