West Side Story in Concert
Saturday, July 14, 2018 @ 8:30 p.m.
Ticket holders may attend The PreConcert, a free recital in Thomas Hall, which begins one hour before the performance.
BERNSTEIN West Side Story -- Film with Live Orchestra
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A Festival Within a Festival Celebrating the Centennial of Leonard Bernstein
For its third Festival Within a Festival, Brevard Music Center joins arts organizations across the nation in saluting the centennial of celebrated composer Leonard Bernstein. One of the most prominent and widely published writers on topics in American music, Joseph Horowitz returns to Brevard to participate in a season-long series of events and free lectures providing rich context around the influential composer's music. BMC's Leonard Bernstein Festival includes a series of classical and Broadway concerts featuring beloved works such as Chichester Psalms, Symphony No. 2 ("Age of Anxiety"), and the Mass (Season Finale), among others. Two fully staged performances of the opera Candide and the movie West Side Story (with live symphony) complete BMC's rich and varied festival programming.
Enjoy a pre-concert discussion, Bernstein & Justice, held in conjunction with Transylvania's Project Empathy and presented by Joseph Horowitz.
Celebrate the 56th anniversary of this iconic film and winner of ten Academy Awards®, including Best Picture. Hear Leonard Bernstein’s electrifying score and memorable songs performed live, complete with Stephen Sondheim’s lyrics, while the newly re-mastered film is shown in glorious high definition on the big screen with the original vocals and dialog intact. This classic romantic tragedy, directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins and one of the greatest achievements in the history of movie musicals, features Robbins’ breath-taking choreography and a screenplay by Ernest Lehman based on the masterful book by Arthur Laurents.
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JAYCE OGREN, conductor
Jayce Ogren is building a reputation in both orchestra and opera as one of the finest young conductors in the United States. During the summer of 2018 he makes his San Francisco Symphony debut and leads West Side Story with film for the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Brevard Music Festival.
Highlights of the 2018/2019 include appearances with the orchestras of Dallas, Edmonton, Santa Rosa, Portland, Omaha, Oklahoma City, and Spokane. He leads the score to Terrance Malick's The Voyage of Time with the Wordless Orchestra at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times with the Casa da Musica in Porto, Portugal.
In 2017/18, Ogren returned to the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, and to the Indianapolis, Dallas, Colorado, Nashville, and Edmonton Symphonies. He debuted with the orchestras in Columbus, Louisville, and Asheville, NC leading works from Beethoven and Mendelssohn to Sibelius, Copland, and John Adams.
Jayce led the world premieres of Rufus Wainwright’s Prima Donna in New York and Paris, and Jack Perla’s Shalimar the Clown for the Opera Theatre of St. Louis. In recent seasons, he has conducted Rossini's La Cenerentola, Britten's Turn of the Screw, Rossini's Mosè in Egitto, Bernstein’s A Quiet Place, and Le Nozze di Figaro.
Ogren has creatively crossed boundaries to fulfill his interests in new and alternate kinds of productions, leading Basil Twist’s Rite of Spring at Lincoln Center's White Light Festival and all-Stravinsky programs with the New York City Ballet. He has collaborated with the International Contemporary Ensemble at Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival and at the Wien Modern Festival, and has led concerts with l’Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris – where he also led Robert Carson’s production of My Fair Lady at the Chatelet.
Jayce Ogren has conducted the Boston, Utah, and Pittsburgh Symphonies, the New York, Copenhagen and Los Angeles Philharmonics, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester in Berlin.