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Each year WXXI Classical presents a series of films that are related to classical music in some way. Selected by our classical music hosts Julia Figueras, Brenda Tremblay and Mona Seghatoleslami, each film chosen exemplifies the power of music in a non-traditional narrative. Films are often preceded by subject-related live music in The Little Cafe or followed by live panel discussion following the film. Tickets are $9.

WXXI Classical Presents...West Side Story (12/19)

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WXXI Classical presents...West Side Story!

Director Steven Spielberg’s new adaptation of West Side Story opens at The Little on Friday, December 10. Regular showtimes are available Friday-Sunday, Wednesday-Thursday in Little Theatres 2-5.

Our special screening event on December 19 is in Little Theatre 1 and will include a live discussion with local panelists, following the film. A ticket must be purchased to THIS SCREENING in order to attend the discussion.

The discussion will include:

  • Julia Figueras (discussion host; WXXI Classical Music Director and midday host)
  • Ralph Meranto (Producing Artistic Director of Center Stage Theatre and Director of Arts & Culture for JCC of Greater Rochester)
  • Annette Ramos (Community Connector and Arts Advocate, Founder and Executive director of Rochester Latino Theatre Company)
  • Jayme Bermudez, (Dancer and Choreographer)

This screening and discussion of West Side Story is presented with Community Partners: Rochester Latino Theatre Company, the Ibero-American Action League, and the Puerto Rican Festival of Rochester.

West Side Story is produced and directed by Steven Spielberg from a script by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Tony Kushner (Lincoln). The film has been adapted for the screen from the original 1957 Broadway musical, which was written by Arthur Laurents with music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and concept, direction and choreography by Jerome Robbins. Tony Award winner Justin Peck will choreograph the musical numbers in the film. Also leading the production are Tony Award-winning producer Kevin McCollum and Academy Award-nominated producer Kristie Macosko Krieger.

The film’s music team includes renowned conductor Gustavo Dudamel, who helmed the recording of Bernstein’s iconic score; Academy Award-nominated composer and conductor David Newman (Anastasia), who arranged the score for the new adaptation; Tony Award-winning composer Jeanine Tesori (Broadway’s Fun Home and Thoroughly Modern Millie), who will worked with the cast on vocals; and Grammy-nominated music supervisor Matt Sullivan (Beauty and the Beast, Chicago), who served as executive music producer for the film.