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
2 flutes (doubling piccolo), oboe/English horn, 2 clarinets (1st doubling Eb clarinet), bassoon, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion, harp, strings (theatrical 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
From Broadway and Movies
Whether the romance of “Maria” or the contagious energy of “New York, New York”, Leonard Bernstein was responsible for some of the most popular show tunes ever written. From West Side Story and On the Town to Candide and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, 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”.
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.