Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony's live concert recording of Leonard Bernstein's complete score for the musical West Side Story is nominated for a Grammy Award yesterday in the category of Best Musical Theater Album.
The album features a stellar Broadway cast including Cheyenne Jackson and Alexandra Silber, and members of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. The performances were recorded live at Davies Symphony Hall in late June and early July 2013 after Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony became the first orchestra to receive permission from all four West Side Story rights-holders to perform and record the musical score in its entirety in a concert setting.
Of the recording, Michael Tilson Thomas said, "This is a new and rare opportunity to hear Bernstein's complete score sung by a sensational young cast and a knock-your-socks-off orchestra. We show the Broadway roots of the piece and how its universal qualities translate into the way we think about it today." The 57th annual Grammy Awards will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 8, 2015, and broadcast on CBS at 8 pm ET/PT.
All SFS Media recordings are available from the Symphony Store in Davies Symphony Hall and online at sfsymphony.org/store, digitally from itunes.com/sfsymphony, and from all major retailers and other digital outlets worldwide. SFS Media recordings are distributed by harmonia mundi in the U.S. and Canada, through Avie Records internationally, and by The Orchard to digital retailers.
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Title: West Side Story
Composer: Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
Based on a conception of Jerome Robbins
Book by Arthur Laurents
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Entire Original Production Directed and Choreographed by Jerome Robbins
Orchestrations by Leonard Bernstein with Sid Ramin and Irwin Kostal
Cheyenne Jackson Tony
Alexandra Silber Maria
Jessica Vosk Anita
Kevin Vortman Riff
Juliana Hansen Rosalia
Cassie Simone Francisca
Louise Cornillez Consuelo
Justin Keyes Action
Zach Ford Diesel
Chris Meissner Baby John
Louis Pardo A-rab
David Michael Laffey Big Deal
Kelly Markgraf Bernardo
Julia Bullock A Girl
San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas, Music Director
San Francisco Symphony Chorus Jets, Sharks, Girls
Ragnar Bohlin director
Recorded: Recorded live at Davies Symphony Hall June 27-30 and July 2, 2013
File Under: Soundtracks, Classical
Label: SFS Media
Catalogue Number: SFS 0059
Release Date: June 10, 2014
Distribution: harmonia mundi (North America)
The Orchard (Digital)