Wednesday, November 4, 2015

‘WEST SIDE STORY’ FILM WITH LIVE ORCHESTRA NOVEMBER 6-8 AT HEINZ HALL

A scene from the film

    
    The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, led by guest conductor Jayce Ogren, presents a not-to-be-missed cinematic symphony experience during the second weekend of the 2015-2016 PNC Pops season, November 6-8, at Heinz Hall.

    The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will play Leonard Bernstein's electrifying score and memorable songs (with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim) from the iconic and award winning film “West Side Story” live. The newly re-mastered film, directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, will be shown in full high definition on the big screen highlighting Robbins' breathtaking choreography and a screenplay by Ernest Lehman based on the masterful book by Arthur Laurents.

    The concert begins at 8 p.m. on Friday, November 6; 2:30 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, November 7; and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 8. Tickets, ranging in price from $24 to $99, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or visiting pittsburghsymphony.org/westsidestory.
The Pittsburgh Symphony would like to recognize and thank PNC for its 2015-2016 title sponsorship of PNC Pops.  Fairmont Pittsburgh is the official hotel of the Pittsburgh Symphony.
About the Artists

    With mounting success in both symphonic and operatic repertoire, Jayce Ogren is building a reputation as one of the finest young conductors to emerge from the United States in recent seasons. Ogren has led new productions of Benjamin Britten's “Turn of the Screw” and Rossini's “Mosè in Egitto” for the New York City Opera, where he was music director.

A scene from the film

  
  He conducted the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) in programs at Columbia University's Miller Theatre, Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival, and at the Wien Modern Festival; and all-Stravinsky programs with the New York City Ballet. He debuted with the New York Philharmonic on the CONTACT! Series conducting premieres of New York Philharmonic commissions and led performances of Mozart's “Le Nozze di Figaro” at the Verbier Festival Academy.


    In Europe, he premiered the film version of Bernstein's “West Side Story” with live orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, an event he repeated with the Detroit Symphony and with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa. Returning to London, he conducted the BBC Symphony at the Barbican in the world premiere of Nico Muhly's “Outrage” and European premieres of works by David Lang and Paola Prestini. Ogren holds a bachelor's degree in composition from St. Olaf College and his master's degree in conducting from the New England Conservatory.

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