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Prom 39: the John Wilson Orchestra performs Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story.

Live at the BBC Proms: the John Wilson Orchestra and students from ArtsEd and Mountview perform Bernstein's West Side Story with Mikaela Bennett as Maria and Ross Lekites as Tony.

Live at BBC Proms: John Wilson Orchestra, conductor John Wilson. Mikaela Bennett (Maria), Ross Lekites (Tony), Students from ArtsEd and Mountview.
Leonard Bernstein: West Side Story (concert performance)

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Leonard Bernstein: West Side Story (concert performance)

Mikaela Bennett (Maria)
Ross Lekites (Tony)
Students from ArtsEd and Mountview.
John Wilson Orchestra
John Wilson (conductor)

West Side Story bursts with violent, sensual rhythms and big-hearted melodies. The music ranges from the touching innocence of 'I feel pretty' and 'Tonight' to the tension-fuelled 'Dance at the Gym' in conveying the trials of the ill-fated lovers, Tony and Maria, as they attempt to resolve the deep-rooted animosity between two warring communities on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

This rare performance of the theatre score (authorised concert version) features a top-flight cast, joined by an ensemble of students from leading London theatre schools.

8.55 pm Interval:
Proms Plus. Presenter Kate Molleson introduces Bernstein's 'West Side Story' together with critic and broadcaster David Benedict and musicologist Sophie Redfern. Recorded earlier at the Imperial College Union.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Leonard Bernstein

    West Side Story (Concert Performance)

    Orchestra: John Wilson Orchestra. Conductor: John Wilson.
  • Ottorino Respighi

    Ancient Airs and Dances Suite No 3

    Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
    • Philips.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Tzigane

    Performer: Joshua Bell. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Andrew Litton.
    • DECCA.

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