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'West Side Story' to kick off the Bernstein Centenary Year at the Auditori

The OBC will interpret the soundtrack while the movie is screened.

On the 12th, 13th and 14th of January you will have the opportunity to enjoy a live performance of West Side Story, one of the finest and best-known film soundtracks in history, with music by the Barcelona National Symphony Orchestra of Catalonia (OBC), conducted by Ernst van Tiel, accompanying the action on the screen. This occasion serves to inaugurate the Bernstein Centenary, which will bring to the city, over the course of 2018, a large number of events relating to Leonard Bernstein, who was born on 25 August 1918 and who died in 1990.

The plot of West Side Story - a feature film that premiered in 1961 and won 10 Oscars – is a version of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare adapted to 20th century New York. The plot speaks of the tragic love story of Maria and Tony, whose relationship is made impossible by the rivalry between the two gangs they are associated with. Four years before the movie was made, the Broadway musical version, written by Arthur Laurents with choreography by Jerome Robbins, music by Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, enjoyed great success. To this very day, the musical continues to be played on stage around the world, and has appeared on the stages of Barcelona on a number of occasions.

Additional information is available at the following link.

Publication date: Wednesday, 10 January 2018
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