Who can’t sing along to the familiar tunes of West Side Story? Written in 1957 by Leonard Bernstein, this American musical drew its inspiration from Shakespeare’s tragic Romeo and Juliet. In stark contrast, the opera A Quiet Place, penned by the composer 27 years later, addresses with extraordinary sensitivity the complexity of family ties after the death of a loved one. A deeply human work of unsettling honesty that will take your breath away.
PRESENTATION OF THE CONCERT
Bernstein, A Quiet Place (approx. 90 min.)
Bernstein, West Side Story (excerpts for voice and piano)
Grand Preconcert Talks:
Wednesday, May 17, 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 18, 7:00 p.m.
Host: Kelly Rice
Guest: Kent Nagano, conductor and Music Director of the OSM
Creation and innovation: Leonard Bernstein