The great American composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein would have turned 100 this year, and in celebration of this anniversary, we bring to the stage a pageant of excerpts from his Broadway works, ranging from classics like Candide to rarely heard songs from works such as Peter Pan.
Sung by our spectacular Young Professional Artists, and put together by our Music Director Robert Frankenberry, this bonanza of Bernstein might just become the secret hit of the season… a don’t-miss for Bernstein and Broadway lovers!
We open the show on July 8th with a special one-night-only performance at Snuggery Farm in Sewickley Heights, in what has become a Pittsburgh Festival Opera tradition. Come early and enjoy a gourmet barbecue amid the idyllic scenery of the farm, grab a drink, and stroll over to the historic horse barn-turned-theater for the show. Barbecue and performance ticketed separately.
ABOUT THE Performance
Sung in English
Running time: 1 hour with no intermission
|Music Director||Robert Frankenberry|
|Hair and Makeup Designer|
Meet the Composer
[Born 25 August 1918; died 14 October 1990]
Bernstein was an American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, and pianist. He was among the first conductors born and educated in the US to receive worldwide acclaim. According to music critic Donal Henahan, he was "one of the most prodigiously talented and successful musicians in American history."
His fame derived from his long tenure as the music director of the New York Philharmonic, from his conducting of concerts with most of the world's leading orchestras, and from his music for West Side Story, Peter Pan, Candide, Wonderful Town, On the Town, On the Waterfront, his Mass, and a range of other compositions, including three symphonies and many shorter chamber and solo works.
Bernstein was the first conductor to give a series of television lectures on classical music, starting in 1954 and continuing until his death. He was a skilled pianist, often conducting piano concertos from the keyboard.
As a composer he wrote in many styles encompassing symphonic and orchestral music, ballet, film and theatre music, choral works, opera, chamber music and pieces for the piano. Many of his works are regularly performed around the world, although none has matched the tremendous popular and critical success of West Side Story.