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WEST SIDE STORY - Chicago Symphony Orchestra

WEST SIDE STORY - Chicago Symphony Orchestra

WEST SIDE STORY - Chicago Symphony

14 WEST SIDE STORY COMES TO SYMPHONY CENTER Friday Night at the Movies Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Iconic Film Th e Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s eighth season of Friday Night at the Movies begins on November 25 with a high-tech revival screening of West Side Story in celebration of the fi ftieth anniversary of the iconic fi lm. Winner of ten Academy awards in 1961, including Best Picture, and ranked second on the American Film Institute’s list of the twenty-fi ve all-time greatest musicals, West Side Story will be shown in high defi nition while the CSO plays Leonard Bernstein’s electrifying score to accompany the original vocals, dialogue, and dancing. Th e fi lm version of the classic romantic tragedy, directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, features Robbins’s breathtaking choreography and a screenplay by Ernest Lehman based on the masterful 1957 play by Arthur Laurents. Initially, Bernstein was planning to write both the music and lyrics to West Side Story, but he eventually accepted Laurents’s suggestion that a co-lyricist could help ease the burden of doing both. Laurents brought in a talented newcomer named Stephen Sondheim, who eventually wrote all the lyrics. Th e score for the fi lm, however, diff ers from the stage version, and until this tour production was assembled, the complete fi lm score hadn’t been performed in its entirety since it was recorded in 1961. In putting the project together, the Leonard Bernstein offi ce faced several challenges, including the fact that signifi cant parts of the fi lm score were lost and parts of the score had been improvised (and never written down). In order to create this “remastered” West Side Story score, the Bernstein staff spent fourteen months delving into a wide variety of sources including the original score (or what was left of it), private collections, library archives, and documents from the fi lm’s 1961 creative staff including the original conductor, music supervisor, director, and producer. Another major challenge they faced involved the fi lm’s soundtrack. Normally in a motion picture, the dialogue and vocal tracks are mixed separately from the fi nal music and sound eff ects, but in West Side Story, the music and the vocals were embedded on the same track. Using a newly developed process called audio dissociation, sound engineers painstakingly “scraped” the orchestral elements from the fi lm’s soundtrack while retaining vocals, dialogue, and sound eff ects. Leading the CSO in these performances is conductor David Newman, an experienced fi lm

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