2 May 2013
West Side Jump
Gee, that move looks familiar. New York City Ballet, our neighbor across the plaza at Lincoln Center, is mounting an American Music Festival this month, with repertoire including West Side Story Suite, featuring Leonard Bernstein’s Oscar-winning score.
Tonight, principal dancer Tiler Peck, who joined the Philharmonic’s recent production of Carousel, takes the stage in Carousel (A Dance), choreographer Christopher Wheeldon’s distillation of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical.
3 April 2013
Who’s gonna host Tonight?
Is it gonna be Jimmy or Jay?
Leonard Bernstein made an appearance of sorts on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Monday night.
Making light of the media frenzy over The Tonight Show’s future,Jimmy Fallon andJay Leno sang Tony and Maria’s beloved ”Tonight” duet from West Side Story. Discussions are still in the works, but surely we’ll know more by the time the Philharmonic plays “Tonight” at our 2013–14 Opening Night concert.
Jimmy’s guest that night? None other than Philharmonic Radio Host and Board Member Alec Baldwin.
16 August 2012
Everybody out of the water.
5 April 2012
Whatever you’re celebrating this weekend, hope it is full of music and…sugar coated dance fighting?! Enjoy this Peep Side Story — a holiday treat from us to you. What would Lenny think?
28 December 2011
Heading home, but looking for some good music before you get there? The New York Philharmonic’s Rush Hour Concerts — at 6:45 p.m. — offer shorter concerts at an early hour. On the first of three — January 4 — Alan Gilbert conducts Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story and two Ravel favorites: Mother Goose and La Valse. In tandem with the concert is the launch of two new series: a free Pre-Concert Talk and a Post-Concert “Casual Conversation” at The David Rubenstein Atrium. For more information, visit nyphil.org/rushhour.
10 November 2011
18 October 2011
October 18 marks the 50th anniversary of West Side Story, the acclaimed musical about two star-crossed lovers in 1950s New York City and the racial prejudices that keep them apart. In honor of the occasion, LIFE.com takes a look back at the evolution of the show—which made its Broadway debut in 1957 and was adapted into an Oscar-winning movie in 1961—from stage to screen.
(see more — ‘West Side Story’ A Look Back)
Happy 50th Anniversary West Side Story! Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic will perform Leonard Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story on the nationally televised A New Yorker’s New Year’s Eve. Check your local listings for PBS’s Live From Lincoln Center.
8 September 2011
West Side Rumble at Lincoln Center!
The Sharks and the Jets made a surprise appearance at Avery Fisher Hall last night to settle things once and for all!
Pictured in front of the big screen following the concert are (L to R): Alexander Bernstein (son of Leonard Bernstein), David Bean (Tiger), Eddie Verso (Juano), Harvey Hohnecker (Mouthpiece), Bert Michaels (Snowboy), Russ Tamblyn (Riff), Walter Mirisch (the producer), Marni Nixon (singing voice of Maria), George Chakiris (Bernardo), Robert Banas (Joyboy), long-time Bernstein friend and collaborator Sid Ramin (arranger for Broadway production and the film), Nina Bernstein-Simmons (daughter of Leonard Bernstein), and David Newman, who conducted the Philharmonic during the evening’s screening.
Photo by Stephanie Berger.
7 September 2011
In this New York Times article, Howard Thompson describes the filming of West Side Story in New York.
Tonight and tomorrow in Avery Fisher Hall at 7.30pm, to celebrate to 50th Anniversary of this iconic film, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing Leonard Bernstein’s electrifying and memorable songs live, while the newly re-mastered film is shown in glorious high-definition on the big screen with original vocals and dialog intact. Not to be missed!