On 25 August 2018 it is exactly 100 years since composer/conductor/narrator Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) was born. Reason to unpack big with his music and legacy worldwide. In the Netherlands, Joan Reinders has compiled and edited a Bernstein program for his Millennium Jazz Orchestra. This culminates in a unique cross-pollination between classical and jazz.
Soloists will be the American sopranos Laura Bohn (9 concerts) and Claron McFadden (2 concerts).
Now once the pieces will sound like a feast of recognition, then again his music sounds like brand new repertoire. The masterful arrangements of Bernstein’s known and lesser known works are a worldwide scoop: never before have jazz edits been approved by the Bernstein Estate.
The rich in contrast program includes many well-known melodies, a lot of swing, bluesy, fatty Big Band sounds, exciting rhythm, beautiful ballads and a touch of Latin and Broadway. The vocal soloists guarantee vocal and theatrical spectacle and exciting improvising by the instrumental soloists from the orchestra.
Please take a look on our Live Concerts page for dates, places and links to theatres websites where you can buy your tickets.
The program contains the following compositions:
- Prologue from West Side Story (instrumentation for Jazz Orchestra)
- Three Dance episodes from On the Town (instrumentation for Jazz Orchestra)
- Prelude, Fugue and riffs for solo clarinet and Jazz Orchestra (original)
- Cool (instrumentation for Jazz Orchestra)
- Mambo (instrumentation for Jazz Orchestra)
Theatre pieces arranged for jazz orchestra and vocal soloist:
- Big Stuff (Fancy Free)
- I feel Pretty (West Side Story)
- Somewhere (West Side Story)
- Ain’t got no Tears left (On the Town)
- It’s gotta be bad to be good
- Spring will come again (The skin of our teeth)
- America (West Side Story)
- Something’s Coming (West Side Story)
This Bernstein tour is an ideal starting point for educational projects. Bernstein himself was a great educator. He exceeded the boundaries between classical music and other musical genres. Entirely in his spirit a lesson scheme is created, punctuated with assignments like singing, clapping, listening, writing and even a conducting contest. In this way the creativity of the pupils is stimulated, they experience the concert more intensely and they get background knowledge about Jazz, Classical and Latin. There are also musical and social-community links to our time.
There are pupils concerts and workshops and three Bernstein Sw!ng-!nns for amateur musicians are organized in three different parts of the Netherlands.
Please look on the website Swing-inn for dates, places and registration.