This concert of mostly unknown Bernstein works on Jewish themes is narrated by Jack Gottlieb, Bernstein’s longtime editor, and will shed new light on some of the composer’s more celebrated pieces. A number cut from West Side Story, lyrics by Sondheim, combined with another piece from an aborted musical project with lyrics by Comden and Green, will be revealed in a surprising transformation as a Bernstein choral setting in Hebrew.
Among the other works are world premieres of A Choral Quilt (an arrangement by Gottlieb) and a song Bernstein wrote in reaction to anti-Semitism. Photographs and video footage from the Maestro’s personal and professional life will also be featured.
Artists include vocalists Janice Meyerson, Robert Abelson, Heather Buck, the Amor Artis Chamber Choir and soloists conducted by Johannes Somary, and the piano duo of Eric Birk and Bernadette Hoke.