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West Side Story Reimagined performed by the multi-Grammy-nominated Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band

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.

Before attending this live performance on December 8, learn more about the mathematics of Bernstein at a talk with his daughter, Jamie Bernstein and composer Bobby Sanabria. You may also purchase a joint ticket for both events for a discounted price.  Limited seating available. First come, first served.

"There’s every reason to hope that Steven Spielberg’s remake of West Side Story will improve upon the 1961 film, but I doubt if we’ll ever hear a more thrilling interpretation of that immortal score than that of the Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band." - Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal


December 8, 2018 7:30 pm   through   9:00 pm
National Museum of Mathematics
11 E. 26th St.
New York, NY 10010
United States
Phone: 212-542-0566
Event Fee(s)
Event Ticket $ 45.00