The highly acclaimed Southern Nevada Symphony Orchestra will be honoring Leonard Bernstein on his 100 year birthday performing selection from “West Side Story.”
Bernstein, a musical renaissance man, died Oct. 14, 1990, at age 72. He was a composer of symphonies, operas, ballets and stage musicals. He was known as a Hollywood star, teacher, humanitarian, political anti war and civil rights activist. Although Bernstein was on President Nixon’s enemies list and his FBI file amounted to 800 pages, he continued to engage with the world around him. Most importantly Bernstein composed the music for “West Side Story,” a work which has ended up in the forefront of his many compositions including “Overture to Candide.”
Selmer Spitzer, musical conductor of the Southern Nevada Symphony Orchestra, is especially excited to present this major work during its Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. concert at the CasaBlanca Hotel Resort.
Also being featured during the Feb. 24 concert will be viola soloist, Barry Bowers, performing “Rondo in a minor” and oboe soloist, Tami Sillitoe, performing “Soliloquy and Dance” for oboe and orchestra.
Tickets are presently available at the CasaBlanca Hotel Resort front desk.