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The Somewhere Project




In celebration of Carnegie Hall’s 125th-anniversary season, the Weill Music Institute presents the Somewhere Project, including a large-scale production of West Side Story, a work that aligns closely with WMI’s mission of supporting music in the community and the world. The performances take place March 4–6, 2016, at the Knockdown Center, a restored factory in Queens, and feature professional artists in solo roles, Jerome Robbins’s classic choreography, and students and community members from around the city on stage.

Marin Alsop, a former protégé of Leonard Bernstein’s and a visionary leader of education projects, conducts the performances, and Amanda Dehnert, nationally renowned theater director, leads the production. Experiencing West Side Story as a celebration of community and music inspires audiences to embrace the vision of New York City as “a place for us.”
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Throughout the 2015–2016 season, WMI supports the creation of new works by students and community members, each inspired by “Somewhere,” the classic song that forms the affirmative core of West Side Story. This new music will be featured in Neighborhood Concerts in all five boroughs. Arts organizations and city agencies will also be invited to join the conversation.

For more information about The Somewhere Project, visit http://bit.ly/18z6U7V

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Music
Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
Performed by the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, conducted by David Robertson
Composed by Leonard Bernstein
Published by Universal - PolyGram International Publishing, Inc. on behalf of Leonard Bernstein Music Publishing Co. Llc. (ASCAP)

Ballet Sequence - "Somewhere" from West Side Story
Performed by Marilyn Horne, conducted by Leonard Bernstein
Courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises
Composed by Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim
Published by Universal - PolyGram International Publishing, Inc. on behalf of Leonard Bernstein Music Publishing Co. Llc. (ASCAP)

Photos
Stephen Sondheim at piano and Leonard Bernstein standing among female singers rehearsing for West Side Story, Friedman-Abeles Collection, 1957. Photo by Friedman-Abeles © The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Mickey Calin, Ken LeRoy, and dancers in “The Rumble” scene from West Side Story, Vandamm theatrical photographs, 1957. Photo by Vandamm Studio © Billy Rose Theatre Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Leonard Bernstein at piano surrounded by children. Carnegie Hall Archives.

The Somewhere Project at Carnegie Hall.

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