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A WEST SIDE STORY COMPANION

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In celebration of Carnegie Hall’s 125th anniversary season, the Weill Music Institute (WMI) is launching The Somewhere Project, a citywide exploration of West Side Story. This course is the companion piece to that project — taking you through the many ins and outs of the music, dance, staging, and story of West Side Story to inspire your own great work of art.

Hear from Jamie Bernstein, Leonard Bernstein's daughter, as well as Grammy-winning conductor Marin Alsop, Tony-winning music director Leslie Stifelman, former student of Jerome Robbins Julio Monge, and other experts on what made West Side Story so unique.


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Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute produces an extraordinary range of music education and community programs each season that extend far outside the physical walls of our concert halls. These programs will reach half a million people in New York City, across the US, and around the globe during the 2015–2016 season. Learn more at carnegiehall.org/weillmusicinstitute

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Featuring Interviews + Insights From…

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    Marin Alsop
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    Jamie Bernstein
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    Amanda Dehnert
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    Leslie Stifelman
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    Charles Burchell
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    Melissa Rae Mahon
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    Thomas Cabaniss

Course Outline

  1. Section 1

    Prologue

  2. Section 2

    Origins

  3. Section 3

    Impact

  4. Section 4

    Music

  5. Section 5

    Performance

  6. Section 6

    Dance

  7. Section 7

    Drama

  8. Section 8

    Conclusion

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In celebration of Carnegie Hall’s 125th anniversary season, the Weill Music Institute (WMI) is launching The Somewhere Project, a citywide exploration of West Side Story. This course is the companion piece to that project — taking you through the many ins-and-outs of the music, dance, staging and story of West Side Story to inspire your own great work of art. 

Hear from Jamie Bernstein, Leonard Bernstein's daughter, as well as Grammy-winning conductor Marin Alsop, Tony-winning Music Director Leslie Stifelman, former student of Jerome Robbins Julio Monge, and other experts on what made West Side Story so unique. 

Experiencing West Side Story as a celebration of community and music will encourage artists and audiences to consider the work’s timeless themes, inviting them to embrace the vision of New York City as a “place for us.”

The Somewhere Project is made possible, in part, by generous support from the Howard Gilman Foundation and Martha and Bob Lipp.

Public support is provided by Council Member Elizabeth Crowley.

Steinway is the Official Piano of the Weill Music Institute.

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