by Michael Dale
It was less than a year after WEST SIDE STORY made its 1957 Broadway debut that its composer, the celebrated orchestra conductor Leonard Bernstein, took his place as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic.
A pioneer in the fusion of Broadway, jazz and classical sounds, Bernstein's music for WEST SIDE STORY and ON THE TOWN is frequently played by the world's great symphonies and danced to by the world's great ballet companies.
The winner of ten Academy Awards, including Best Picture, the 1961 film version of WEST SIDE STORY is considered one of Hollywood's best stage to screen adaptations.
On the evenings of September 13th, 14th and 15th, at Lincoln Center's David Geffen Hall, the New York Philharmonic will offer unique screening of the full motion picture of WEST SIDE STORY with its dialogue and singing unaccompanied by its film orchestra. Instead, conductor David Newman will lead the Philharmonic to provide the music. This program was originally presented by the New York Philharmonic in 2011.
Similarly, Woody Allen's 1979 film MANHATTAN, which was scored with music composed by George Gershwin, including "Rhapsody in Blue," will be screened on September 16th and 17th, with music supplied by the New York Philharmonic under the baton of Alan Gilbert.
Both presentations are part of the Philharmonic's "The Art of The Score: Film Week at The Philharmonic." Visit nyphil.org.