Celebrating 100 years since the birth of Leonard Bernstein, the BBC Concert Orchestra and Crouch End Festival Chorus showcases works which are all connected to the great composer.
Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, a ‘Fantasy Overture’, is full of violence and passion – the perfect start to a concert which concludes with Bernstein’s West Side Story Suite No 2 – a reimagining of Shakespeare’s play into a New York gang warfare setting. Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms uses some of the music cut from West Side Story together with the composer’s settings of Hebrew Psalms which combine jazz and classical elements in a heartfelt prayer for peace.
Also being performed is the world premiere of Ryan Latimer’s Frigates & Folly – a work full of colour and energy, based on the story of Moby Dick. Ryan Latimer was born in 1990, the year Bernstein died.