It’s a legendary tale combining classic with contemporary. A romantic and tragic blending of Shakespeare with Bernstein. A dazzling dance fusion of ballet with jazz. And, of course, it’s East meets West.
From October 5-7, The Philadelphia Orchestra will thrill music and movie fans alike with live performances of the West Side Story score as the newly digitally re-mastered, hi-definition film is screened above the orchestra in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center.
More than 50 years after the debut of the timeless motion picture, the Philadelphia Orchestra will perform the entire original Leonard Bernstein score under the direction of David Newman, one of the most noted composers of music for film.
In order to allow a live performance of the score while keeping the vocals and dialogue intact, MGM and Chace Audio by Delux, a top film-restoration company, used state-of-the-art technology to separate the orchestral soundtrack from the vocals and dialogue.
West Side Story debuted in 1957 as a Broadway musical. The artistic collaboration of Jerome Robbins’s explosive choreography, Arthur Laurents’s modern Romeo and Juliet story line and the awe-inspiring score and lyrics by Broadway legends Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim quickly won over the hearts of audiences. The film, which opened in 1961 with Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer, took the Academy Awards® by storm, winning 10 awards.
This live orchestral presentation of this classic movie showcases The Philadelphia Orchestra’s versatility and offers an innovative program that celebrates the legacy of the ageless music and enduring theatrical styling of an American Broadway and Hollywood classic.
Tickets are already on sale online. Watch the West Side Story movie trailer below for a little cinematic nostalgia.
Philadelphia Orchestra Brings West Side Story To Life
When: October 5-7
Where: Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center for Performing Arts, 260 S. Broad Street
Cost: Tickets start at $40
More info: www.philorch.org