Wall to Wall Leonard Bernstein
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Peter Jay Sharp Theatre
Sat, May 19, 2018 3:00pm
Expected Run Time is 480 minutes

FREE EVENT. Premium reserved seating is available with a donation of $100 or more.

Each ticket subject to a $5 service fee.
Part of Music

Come celebrate the event that started it all at Symphony Space as we mark our 40th year of Wall to Wall with an all-day Leonard Bernstein marathon. Enjoy this festive day honoring the legacy of one of the greatest musical figures through music, dance, conversation, and film, exploring the many facets of Bernstein's creative life. Some highlights include:

Segment 1: 3:00-5:30

Bernstein's early years, from his emergence as a composer in the 1940s, to his acclaimed music theater work of the 1950s. 


Highlights include:


Prologue & “One Hand, One Heart” from West Side Story (piano and percussion)      

Prelude, Fugue and Riffs (clarinet, piano, percussion, bass)



Anniversaries, Part 1 

Nina Bernstein Simmons, Narrator

Simon Mulligan, Piano      


The Lark: French and Latin Choruses         

Cantori New York

Mark Shapiro, Music Director


El Salon Mexico (Copland, arr. Bernstein) 

“Scherzo” & “Mambo,” from West Side Story

DUO: Stephanie and Saar


Episodes (Dance, with music from On the Town)  

Keigwin + Company  


“Conquering New York” from Wonderful Town

Overture from Candide

“Glitter and Be Gay” 

Pit Stop Players

Joshua Rosenbloom, Music Director       



Segment 2: 5:30-8:30                  

Bernstein's music from the 1960s to the 1980s


Highlights include:


“So Pretty”

Harolyn Blackwell, Soprano       

Grant Wenaus, Piano


Chichester Psalms (arr. for choir, piano, harp, & percussion)


Ted Sperling, Music Director


Halil: Nocturne

Mindy Kaufman, Flute

Daniel Druckman, Percussion             


Three Meditations from Mass 

Nick Canellakis, Cello

Michael Brown, Piano


Anniversaries, part 2 

Nina Bernstein Simmons, Narrator

Simon Mulligan, Piano     


Waterfront (Dance, with music from On the Waterfront)
Keigwin + Company             


Music for Two Pianos

DUO: Stephanie and Saar


Dance Suite
Calliope Brass


Segment 3: 8:30-11:00

A starry celebration of Bernstein's Broadway, featuring classic songs. 


Singers include: 

Mikaela Bennett

Adam Halpin

Larisa Martinez

Megan McGinnis

Ryan Silverman

Betsy Wolfe

...and more!


(Bernstein's Broadway segment is curated and produced by Joel Fram and Annette Jolles).