The Ravinia Festival’s celebration of the centennial of Leonard Bernstein continues this summer with programs that salute his legacy as a composer, conductor, television host, Broadway legend, political activist and educator. Born Aug. 25, 1918, Bernstein was one of the first Americans to achieve success in the European-dominated field of classical music. Ravinia’s second season of concerts, dubbed “Bernstein 101,” features his theater works Mass, Candide, Trouble in Tahiti and the film scores of “West Side Story” (1961) and “On the Waterfront” (1954), as well as works of composers he championed.
For the full list of events, click here. The following concerts feature the Chicago Symphony Orchestra:
July 12, “West Side Story”: Conductor David Newman leads a live-to-picture presentation of the 1961 Oscar-winning movie.
July 20, Mass: Marin Alsop returns for an encore performance of the rarely performed music theater work, which the Chicago Tribune called one of the year’s stand-out concerts; joining her will be baritone Paulo Szot and a cast of hundreds.
July 27, “Leonard Bernstein, a Man for All Music, A Portrait in Symphony, Song and Story”: Alsop leads the CSO and a cast of stellar guest vocalists: soprano Isabel Leonard, mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung, tenor Nils Nilsen and baritone Paulo Szot. Also featured will be host Jamie Bernstein (the conductor-composer’s daughter), CSO concertmaster Robert Chen, cellist Ifetayo Ali-Landing, pianist Harmony Zhu and the Windy City Performing Arts.
Aug. 9, “On the Waterfront”: Bernstein’s Oscar-nominated score receives a live-to-picture presentation conducted by David Newman, as the complete film screens above the stage.