Celebrating Bernstein's Music and the 55th anniversary of West Side Story

27 June 2012 – 8.30pm

Location: Palazzo de Piro Courtyard

Dedicated to the brilliant music of the American composer Leonard Bernstein, this concert will be celebrating the 55th year since the composition of his most famous musical “The West Side Story”.  The concert which will be accompanied by a dinner will be held in the Palazzo’s delightful open-air courtyard which overlooks the bastions of Mdina and is set to be one of the year’s most prestigious events. The dinner will be provided by Infinitely Xara caterers.

Leondard Bernstein was an American composer born in Massachusetts in 1918, a modern composer who claimed world-wide celebrity. Besides composing, he was also a conductor, author, music lecturer and pianist. According to The New York Times he was “one of the most prodigiously talented and successful musicians in American history”.

His fame derived from his long tenure as the music director of the prestigious New York Philharmonic, from his conducting of concerts with most of the world’s leading orchestras and from his music for musicals such as the West Side Story, Candide, Wonderful Town, On the Town and his own Mass.

Bernstein was also the first conductor to give numerous television lectures on classical music, starting in 1954, continuing until his death. In addition, he was a skilled pianist, often conducting piano concertos from the keyboard. As a composer he was prolific, writing symphonies, ballet music, operas, chamber music, pieces for the piano, other orchestral and choral works, and other concert and incidental music, but the tremendous success of West Side Story remained unequaled by his other compositions.

The concert will highlight some of his famous songs such as “Tonight” and “Somewhere” from the celebrated West Side Story, amongst the other compositions which made Bernstein famous. The programme will also include some other works from other musicals, such as the American George Gershwin’s “Summertime”.

The performers are going to be the versatile soprano Marita Bezzina, harpist Jacob Portelli and cellist Gilmour Peplow. The sparkling voice, harp and cello trio will give a deserving tribute to the great international composer and also provide an evening of entertainment to the guests at Palazzo de Piro.

The tickets cost 75euro and are available by contacting Barocco Cultural Events on 7968 0952 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." or by contacting The Xara Palace on 21450560 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




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