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Tilson Thomas / San Francisco SO / A Celebration of Leonard Bernstein - Opening Night at Carnegie Hall, 2008 [DVD]

Album Summary

>Bernstein, Leonard : West Side Story
>Bernstein, Leonard : On the Town
>Bernstein, Leonard : Mass
>Bernstein, Leonard : A Quiet Place
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Music Director of the New York Philharmonic from 1958 to 1969 and Laureate Conductor from 1969 to 1990, Leonard Bernstein brought his own particular New World sensibility to classical music. Equally at home in a Broadway theater or concert hall, the beloved "Lenny" - who performed at Carnegie Hall more than 400 times during his career - had an enthusiasm for an understanding of music far beyond the classical realm, extending into jazz, world music, American song and even rock.

Michael Tilson Thomas, who first met the maestro in 1968, was a close friend and colleague for many years. This connection made the choice of MTT and The San Francisco Symphony to headline the Bernstein gala concert that opened the Carnegie Hall 2008-09 season an easy one. The sold-out concert kicked off a New York City-wide tribute to composer Bernstein, who would have celebrated his 90th birthday in 2008.

Filmed in high definition and 5.1 surround sound, the performance features music from a wide variety of Bernstein’s stage works, from early triumphs like West Side Story and On the Town to later works such as Mass and A Quiet Place. Featured superstar guests include Dawn Upshaw, Thomas Hampson,Yo Yo Ma and Broadway star Christine Ebersole. The DVD also includes a bonus of MTT interviewing Hampson, Ma and Upshaw. "This is a show with something to say." -The Los Angeles Times

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 84 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, Color
Sound Format(s): DD 5.1 Surround,



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Works Details

>Bernstein, Leonard : West Side Story :: Excerpt(s)
  • Performers: Dawn Upshaw (Soprano); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello); Thomas Hampson (Bass); Christine Ebersole (Voice)
  • Conductor: Michael Thomas
  • Ensemble: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1957

>Bernstein, Leonard : On the Town :: Excerpt(s)
  • Conductor: Michael Thomas
  • Ensemble: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1944

>Bernstein, Leonard : Mass
  • Conductor: Michael Thomas
  • Ensemble: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1971

>Bernstein, Leonard : A Quiet Place
  • Conductor: Michael Thomas
  • Ensemble: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1983/1984