CSO at Ravinia: Leonard Bernstein: Man For All Music

Jul 27

7:30 PM

Saturday, July 27, 2019

This event is at the Ravinia Festival.

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All-Bernstein Program

Overture to Candide
Times Square: 1944 from On the Town
“A Simple Song” from Mass
Meditation No. 3 from Three Meditations from ‘Mass’
Lamentation from Symphony No. 1 (Jeremiah)
“The Best of All Possible Worlds” from Candide
The Masque and Epilogue from Symphony No. 2 (Age of Anxiety)
Socrates: Alcibiades from Serenade (after Plato’s ‘Symposium’)
Danzon and Galop from Fancy Free
“100 Easy Ways to Lose a Man” from Wonderful Town
Selections from West Side Story

Something’s Coming
Tonight (Balcony Scene)
A Boy Like That / I Have a Love
“So Pretty”

“Make Our Garden Grow” from Candide


Marin Alsop conductor
Jamie Bernstein host
Isabel Leonard soprano
Michelle DeYoung mezzo-soprano
Nils Nilsen tenor
Paulo Szot baritone
Charles Yang violin
Ifetayo Ali-Landing cello
Harmony Zhu piano
Windy City Performing Arts

Recalling her early exposure to her father's music, Jamie Bernstein said, "It came into our lives so young that sometimes my brother and sister and I say that West Side Story is like our fourth sibling, because it was just always there, and we grew up with it." Jamie, the oldest child of Leonard Bernstein, and author of the memoir Famous Father Girl, will host “Leonard Bernstein: A Man for All Music," featuring the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in excerpts from the composer's broad catalog, on July 27 at Ravinia. Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories

During his lifetime, Leonard Bernstein fiercely opposed the attempts of others to pigeonhole him or his music. “I would say that every one of his popular pieces is very serious, and every one of his serious pieces is also popular,” said conductor Marin Alsop, artistic curator of the Ravinia Festival's centennial celebration of the American composer, conductor, advocate and activist. If the first half of Ravinia’s centennial tribute in 2018 emphasized Bernstein’s works for the concert hall, the second edition this summer pays extended homage to him as a composer for the theater. Practically everything he composed, conducted, performed or authored carried the smell of greasepaint — even if the music itself had nothing to do with the theater. Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories