West Side Story Reimagined

Panel Discussion and Live Performance

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. 

First learn about the mathematics of Bernstein at a talk with his daughter, Jamie Bernstein, and composer Bobby Sanabria on December 4.  Then on December 8,  listen to the performance of Sanabria’s 21-piece multi-Grammy-nominated Multiverse Big Band as they perform their critically acclaimed Latin jazz reimagining of the entire score in celebration of the maestro’s centennial!

Attend either the talk or the performance individually, or purchase a joint ticket for both events for the discounted price of $55 through either of the links below.  Limited seating available.  First come, first served.

December 4

Discussion featuring Jamie Bernstein, daughter of Leonard Bernstein, and composer Bobby Sanabria


December 8

Performance of West Side Story Reimagined by Bobby Sanabria and the Multiverse Big Band