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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Who will play the music for West Side Story?

Here's another question from our Formspring account!

Q. Is the Music played for West Side Story by Vancouver Symphony or played by local artists?

The music for West Side Story will be performed by the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, just like all of Vancouver Opera's other productions.

The Vancouver Opera Orchestra is one of only two professional opera orchestras in Canada. It was established in 1977, replacing an orchestra made up of members of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Several of the musicians have been playing with the VO Orchestra since the orchestra’s inaugural performances, in 1977, of Massenet’s Le Roi de Lahore, starring Joan Sutherland and conducted by founding Music Director Richard Bonynge.

Jonathan Darlington is currently the Music Director of Vancouver Opera, and Leslie Dala is the Associate Conductor and Chorus Director.

You can learn more about the Vancouver Opera Orchestra here.


pjwoods said...
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pjwoods said...

I'm really excited about seeing WSS this week. I expect it will be wonderful :)

Eesti said...

West Side Story is without a doubt the greatest movie musical of all time. Winner of 10 Oscars including Best Picture. Timeless classic. There is no doubt...It's the best! This musical is the best because the story is so beautiful. Simply put, Tony is one of the founders of the Jets. He quits the Jets to get a job and a better life. Then, he meets Maria at a dance. Maria's brother Bernardo is the leader of the Puerto Rican Sharks. The Jets and Tony's best friend, the leader of the Jets,Riff, are racist. So are the Sharks. Tony and Maria fall in love. If you know Romeo and Juliet, you know what happens, but I don't want to ruin it.