Fri 5/4 @ 8PM
The Cleveland Chamber Collective honors one of the legends of American classical and popular music when it presents “A Leonard Bernstein Centennial Concert” at the BOP STOP, as part of its American Icons series.
There are few people who don’t recognize the classic tunes he wrote for the 1957 musical West Side Story, as well as On the Town (“New York, New York, it’s a hell of a town, the Bronx is up and the Battery’s down…”)
But he also expanded the classical repertoire enormously with compositions such as the Chichester Psalms, Kaddish Symphony and MASS, composed at Jacqueline Kennedy request for the opening of the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. in 1971
Among the works the ensemble will perform are his early Piano Trio, played by Beth Woodside, Ralph Curry and Randy Fusco; his 1981 Halil, composed in memory of a Israeli flutist/tank driver killed in action, featuring Cleveland Orchestra flutist Mary Kay Fink; and excerpts from the theatrical MASS with vocal soloist Christine Fader and Jarred Leal. They’re also promising “other treats and rarities.”
The performance is free.