Why You'll Love This Concert
Our season opens with the alluring melodies and rhythms of America’s most versatile composer. As we celebrate his 100th birthday, the music of Leonard Bernstein remains equally at home in the jazz club and on the Broadway stage as it is in the concert hall. From the jazzy piano riffs of The Age of Anxiety to your favorite tunes from West Side Story, you won’t want to miss our season premiere. This night “won’t be just any night!”
William Grant Still
3 flutes, 2 oboes, English horn, 3 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion, harp, strings
The Fanfare for Fallen Heroes was composed during World War II and dedicated “in memorial of the colored soldiers who died for democracy.”Read More
2 flutes, piccolo, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, E-flat clarinet, bass clarinet, alto saxophone, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion, harp, piano, strings
In a plot that resonated with the pro-labor, pro-integration political convictions of the 1940s Popular Front, dockworker Terry Malloy, played by Marlon Brando, helps to overthrow a corrupt union boss in this movie, featuring Leonard Bernstein's only film score.Read More
solo piano, 2 flutes, piccolo, 2 oboes, English horn, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion, celesta, 2 harps, pianino, strings
Bernstein saw himself in W.H. Auden's poem and thought of the piano soloist as an “autobiographical protagonist,” not so much a concerto soloist, but a personality we can track on the psychological journey through the work.Read More
2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 alto saxes, tenor sax, baritone sax, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion, harp, strings
Our ability to see ourselves—the best and the worst of us—in the Sharks and the Jets, in Tony and Maria, makes this work an enduring American masterpiece.Read More
2 flutes (doubling piccolo), oboe/English horn, 2 clarinets (1st doubling E-flat clarinet), bassoon, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion, harp, strings (theatrical instrumentation)
2 flutes, piccolo, oboes, 2 clarinets, E-flat clarinet, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion, harp, strings (symphonic instrumentation)
Bernstein’s energetic rhythmic style was perfectly suited to the “flavor” of Candide. One would have to go back to Rossini to find an overture that so completely captures the sense of fun that will follow.Read More
Selections From Broadway and Movies
Whether the romance of “Maria” or the contagious energy of “America”, Leonard Bernstein was responsible for some of the most popular show tunes ever written. From West Side Story to Candide, his shows blended sophistication and charm in a way that made them instant classics.
He brought this same love of theatrical drama to the music he wrote for Marlon Brando’s Oscar-winning performance in “On the Waterfront” - one of tonight's featured pieces.
Bringing Jazz To the Concert Hall
Bernstein’s love of popular music spilled over into his classical works, and his orchestral works were among the first to bring jazz and pop into the concert hall. Just listen to the jazzy piano riffs of The Age of Anxiety, and you’ll have no doubt that this symphony for piano and orchestra comes from the same man who brought you “Cool” and “Gee, Officer Krupke.”
Music that Embodies the Spirit of America
This is music that celebrates the energy, the diversity, and the love of life for which our nation is known. It shows us how far we’ve come, the struggles that have made us great, and reminds us how far we still have to go.
Looking for more insight into Bernstein's legacy? See our curated list of his greatest music.
Superb! The RSO brings a highly inspirational musical experience to southern California... Each concert is so unique - a must-see and hear!
Directions to Redlands
Redlands is conveniently located less than 30 minutes from Riverside, Loma Linda, Yucaipa, Highland, and Beaumont. From Hemet, it’s just a short jaunt north on CA-79 and West on I-10. It is easily accessible from Los Angeles 60 miles east along Hwy 10. And from San Diego, it’s a beautiful, 2-hour drive north along I-15 and I-215.
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