June 14th, 2014

music by tiger_tyger

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Today 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.

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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