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

The John Wilson Orchestra plus students from ArtsEd and Mountview perform Bernstein's West Side Story with Mikaela Bennett as Maria and Ross Lekites as Tony.

Another chance to hear Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story with the John Wilson Orchestra, conductor John Wilson. Mikaela Bennett (Maria), Ross Lekites (Tony), Students from ArtsEd and Mountview.

Presented by Petroc Trelawny at the Royal Albert Hall, London

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.

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

1 hour, 59 minutes

Music Played

  • Leonard Bernstein

    West Side Story - Act 1

    Orchestra: John Wilson Orchestra. Conductor: John Wilson.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    West Side Story - Act 2

    Orchestra: John Wilson Orchestra. Conductor: John Wilson.
  • John Merrick

    The Bee Carol (Winning entry 2018 BBC Radio 3 Breakfast Carol Competition)

    Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: Bob Chilcott.

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