August 8th, 2019

music by tiger_tyger

(no subject)

Usher Hall
West Side Story

Kirsty McGrory

A powerful performance that drives home the unique genius of Bernstein’s score

John Eliot Gardiner has waited six decades to conduct West Side Story. His deep and abiding affinity with Leonard Bernstein’s score can be traced back to his student days in Paris in the sixties. Meeting Bernstein at a soiree held by his teacher, Nadia Boulanger, was a landmark occasion for Gardiner, as he was able to quiz his idol about his work – in particular, West Side Story. Gardiner’s keen appreciation for the complexities of the score impressed Bernstein and led to a bond between the two men.
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