West Side Story Reimagined performed by Bobby Sanabria and the Multiverse Big Band
Live Performance, December 8, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
The composer and mathematician Joseph Schillinger once said, “Math is music, music is math.” No better example of this can be found than in Leonard Bernstein’s incredible score to West Side Story. Fusing progressive big-band jazz, lyric opera, modern dance, Latin rhythms, and symphonic and chamber music into a groundbreaking masterpiece, it revolutionized the Broadway musical. A student of numerology, Bernstein created the entire score from the haunting opening three notes of the whistle which he adapted from the Jewish shofar ram’s horn call to war. It opened the door to a multiverse of modern harmony, complex rhythms, and meters that left audiences amazed. Join the 21-piece multi-Grammy-nominated Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band as they perform their critically acclaimed Latin jazz reimagining of the entire score in celebration of the maestro’s centennial!
Hosted by Alex Kontorovich, MoMath’s Dean of Academic Content and Professor of Mathematics at Rutgers, the evening promises to be an unforgettable experience. The National Museum of Mathematics is grateful to Deborah and Dexter Senft for their support of this exciting program.