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Wall to Wall Bernstein at Symphony Space on Saturday – and It’s Free!

Bernstein at Symphony Space

ZEALnyc, May 15, 2018

One of New York City’s most enduring performance hosting venues just happens to have started out as a food hall (the Astor Market) in 1915, was a short-lived ice skating rink (the Crystal Palace), and eventually evolved into the iconic performing space and film center that it is today. Located on the Upper West Side at the corner of 95th Street and Broadway, it was renamed Symphony Space, and now enviably sponsors a wide range of programming from musical concerts, dance, theatrical productions, screenings of performances (Theater in HD), as well as events revolving around books and spoken text, including the Thalia Book Club, among many others. And now, Symphony Space presents Bernstein at Symphony Space.

The presenting organization, Symphony Space, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, recognizing the date when its not-for-profit status was established, and in that same year began one of its most famous ongoing events. Starting with a Wall to Wall Bach event in 1978, they have continued the tradition which draws audiences from all over the city and the metropolitan area, enjoying great success, and earning notoriety along the way. Taking advantage of the world-wide Bernstein at 100 celebration happening globally, Symphony Space presents its own way of honoring the giant of the music world with their all-day Wall to Wall Leonard Bernstein celebration on Saturday, May 19 beginning at 3:00pm and going until 11:00pm.

These Wall to Wall events are typically well attended, with potential audience members lining up for entry. Once the venue is full, entry is only available as audience members leave, so make your plans now to arrive in time to catch the portion of the day that interests you most. While the event is free to the public, special ticketing is available for anyone wishing to ensure access to the event. For more information click here.

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Highlight of Program Segments

Segment 1: 3 PM – 5:30 PM The 1940s & ’50s featuring Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs, The Lark, and instrumental interludes from Candide, West Side Story, and more

Segment 2: 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM The 1960s, ’70s, & ’80s including Chichester Psalms, Three Meditations from Mass, Halil, and more

Segment 3: 8:30 PM – 11 PM  A celebration of Bernstein’s Broadway songs from West Side Story, Wonderful Town, Candide, On the Town, Peter Pan, and more.

Detailed Listing:

Segment 1: 3pm – 5:30pm

Prologue & “One Hand, One Heart” from West Side Story
Prelude, Fugue and Riffs
Synchronicity Piano and Percussion Duo
Garah Landes, piano
Gregory Landes, percussion
Randy Landau, bass
Chad Smith, clarinet/alto sax

Anniversaries, Part 1
Nina Bernstein Simmons, Narrator
Simon Mulligan, Piano

The Lark: French and Latin Choruses
Cantori New York
Mark Shapiro, Music Director

El Salon Mexico (Copland, arr. Bernstein)
“Scherzo” & “Mambo” from West Side Story
DUO: Stephanie and Saar

“Three Dance Episodes” (Dance, with music from On the Town)
Keigwin + Company

“Conquering New York” from Wonderful Town
Overture from Candide
“Three Dances” from Fancy Free
with original choreography by Sara Brians
Pit Stop Players
Joshua Rosenblum, Music Director

Segment 2: 5:30pm – 8:30pm

“So Pretty”
Harolyn Blackwell, Soprano
Grant Wenaus, Piano

Chichester Psalms (arr. for choir, piano, harp, percussion)
MasterVoices
Ted Sperling, Music Director
Elizabeth Smith, Soprano
Matthew Deming, Alto
Douglas Purcell,Tenor
Aaron Theno, Bass
Stacey Shames, Harp
Garah Landes, Piano
Randy Landau, Bass
Gregory Landes, Percussion

Simple Song
John Brancy, Baritone

Halil: Nocturne for Flute, Percussion and Piano
Mindy Kaufman, Flute
Eric Huebner, Piano
Daniel Druckman, Percussion
Pablo Rieppi, Percussion
Sae Hashimoto, Percussion

Three Meditations from Mass
Nick Canellakis, Cello
Michael Brown, Piano

Anniversaries, Part 2
Nina Bernstein Simmons, Narrator
Simon Mulligan, Piano

Waterfront (Dance, with music from On the Waterfront)
Keigwin + Company

Music for Two Pianos
DUO: Stephanie and Saar

Dance Suite
Calliope Brass

Segment 3: 8:30pm – 11pm 

Performers include:

Mikaela Bennett
Adam Halpin
Larisa Martinez
Megan McGinnis
Ryan Silverman
Betsy Wolfe

…and more!

Bernstein’s Broadway segment is curated and produced by Joel Fram and Annette Jolles.

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