West Side Story film to play with live orchestra

West Side Story film to play with live orchestra


norman lebrecht

March 06, 2016

It’s a Franz Welser-Möst production in the new Cleveland Orchestra season, announced this morning.

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Press release: Music Director Franz Welser-Möst to lead works by Bach and Bruckner; 20th-century composers Copland, Ives, Ligeti, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Varèse; and 21st-century composers Anthony Cheung and Jörg Widmann, among others

Eleven works ranging from Martinů, Henze, Matthias Pintscher, to Augusta Read Thomas performed for the first time by the Orchestra

Returning Conductors and Guest Artists include Christoph von Dohnányi, Andrew Davis, Stéphane Denève, and Matthias Pintscher as well as Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Yefim Bronfman, Julia Fischer, Murray Perahia, Daniil Trifonov, and Mitsuko Uchida

Artist debuts include Paul Jacobs, Harry Bicket, Alain Altinoglu, and James Ehnes

Bach’s St. John Passion led by Welser-Möst and works by Handel, Rameau, and Purcell led by Harry Bicket

Screening of West Side Story film in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein with the Orchestra playing the film score live

“Under 18s Free” continues during 2016-17 Season

“There is no greater joy for me than collaborating with the wonderful group of artists onstage,” says Music Director Franz Welser-Möst. “With the confidence and support of the community we serve, the members of The Cleveland Orchestra and I are able to challenge each other to ever greater heights of excellence and achievement in our art with each passing season. With constant and focused effort, we work to maintain and enhance the excellence of this Orchestra to stay relevant in a changing society.”




  • Stephen Owades says:

    I don’t know why you say “it’s a Franz Welser-Möst production” about the West Side Story live-orchestra-with-film performances in Cleveland next season: they’re being conducted by the orchestra’s Associate Conductor, Brett Mitchell (see http://www.clevelandorch.com/globalassets/1617/pdfs/1617-full-schedule.pdf). This is a project devised by IMG Artists (http://imgartists.com/artist/west_side_story) that has already been successfully undertaken by many orchestras around the world, including the Boston Symphony (https://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/2014/02/15/there-place-for-bso-west-side-story/D4h52dmbECz3NiwK0PsCjK/story.html) and the New York Philharmonic (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/09/arts/music/west-side-story-orchestral-film-screening-review.html).

  • Theodore McGuiver says:

    The orchestra will have fun with Alain Altinoglu. He’s superb.