Press release from Brevard Music Center:
Brevard Music Center (BMC) will screen the classic American movie musical West Side Story with a full symphony orchestra on Saturday, July 14 at 8:30 PM at Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium. Conducting the Brevard Sinfonia in Leonard Bernstein’s reverent and iconic score will be BMC alumnus Jayce Ogren. Patrons can enjoy a 7:30 PM pre-concert discussion, Bernstein & Justice, held in conjunction with Transylvania’s Project Empathy and presented by Joseph Horowitz, a former New York Times music critic, pioneer in thematic interdisciplinary classical music programming, and one of the most prominent and widely published authorities on American music. To learn more about the 2018 Leonard Bernstein Festival, which is supported in part by a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts, please visit brevardmusic.org/bernstein or call (828) 862-2105.
“West Side Story is beloved by generations of movie-goers,” said Brevard Music Center President & CEO Mark Weinstein. “We’re delighted to bring this classic back to the big-screen in a truly unique way by having our full symphony orchestra perform Bernstein’s score in Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium. Popcorn will be in abundance, so bring the entire family and enjoy a truly memorable evening of entertainment!”
West Side Story is part of the 2018 Leonard Bernstein Festival—BMC’s season long “festival within a festival” featuring a myriad of performances and special events saluting the centennial of celebrated American composer Leonard Bernstein. Released in 1961, West Side Story is the cinematic adaptation of the Broadway musical of the same name with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The film was directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins and won ten Academy Awards®.