Legendary British conductor John Wilson, Australian soprano Lorina Gore, and Broadway stars Kim Criswell and Julian Ovenden came together with the SSO to perform hits fromWest Side Story,On the Town,Candide and other musical theatre highlights from the Bernstein canon in three concerts at the Sydney Opera House on May 10-12.
Helpmann Award winning soprano Lorina Gore, who grew up listening to Bernstein, says she is looking forward to celebrating the “musical genius” that created some of the best loved music of the 20th century with Wilson and the SSO.
“It's always a joy working with John Wilson and impossible not to feel his infectious love of this music,” Gore says. “The Sydney Symphony is simply brilliant and nothing does better justice to Bernstein's music than a full Symphony Orchestra!”
British Conductor John Wilson is famously known for reconstructing the scores for MGM film musicals that were destroyed in the late 1960s which he now performs with his own orchestra, the John Wilson Orchestra.
#BernsteinAt100 is a world-wide celebration of the 100th birthday of Bernstein, which officially began on August 25, 2017, the composer’s 99th birthday, and continues through his 100th year until August 25, 2019. The SSO concerts are among more than 2,500 events taking place across six continents during this two-year period.