MEMETERIA by Thomas May

Music & the Arts

The New York Phil Pays Heartfelt Tribute to Stephen Sondheim at Bravo! Vail

Emmett O’Hanlon, Isabel Leonard, Leonard Slatkin; photo (c)Carly Finke

Here’s my report on the New York Philharmonic’s closing orchestral concert of the 2022 Bravo Vail Music Festival:

One of four orchestras appearing at Bravo! Vail this summer, the New York Philharmonic brought along six different programmes, the first four of which were led by music director Jaap van Zweden – including a cathartic Mahler Sixth. Leonard Slatkin took over the reins for the remaining two programmes in the open-air main venue: an all-Tchaikovsky evening and this concluding concert, “A Sondheim Celebration”….


Filed under: Bravo! Vail Music Festival, New York Philharmonic, review, Stephen Sondheim

You Say West Side, I Say East Side

This is quite wonderful, especially as the world commemorates Stephen Sondheim.

It’s worth recalling that the original scenario conceived by Jerome Robbins involved a Catholic versus Jewish conflict called East Side Story before the creative team changed it to Puerto Ricans versus whites. Bernstein originally imagined the core tritone theme as a shofar call.

Filed under: Leonard Bernstein, miscellaneous, Stephen Sondheim

Take Me to the World: Sondheim 90th Birthday Concert

UPDATE: Link moved here:

Go to Broadwaycom’s YouTube channel at 20:00 EST on Sunday 26 April for Take Me to the World, a benefit concert celebrating Stephen Sondheim at 90 and hosted by Raúl Esparza.

A slew of NYTimes stories on Sondheim can be found here.

Filed under: Live-Streamed Performance, Stephen Sondheim, theater

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