Manassas Symphony Orchestra Brings West Side Story to the Concert Stage

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The Manassas Symphony Orchstrea (MSO), under the baton of Music Director James Villani takes the stage for a concert titled American Idols.  Featuring music from three of America’s greatest composers, Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, and Howard Hanson, the concert will be held on March 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Hylton Performing Arts Center.

The highlight of the evening’s performance is one of Bernstein’s most popular and demanding works, Symphonic Dances from “West Side Story. Nearly everyone will no doubt recognize immediately the three-note opening. The pulsating rhythms and melodies that drove Jerome Robbins’s masterful choreography easily stand alone as its own concert piece. The score brings together the musical’s most famous songs (“Somewhere,” “Maria”) and dances (“Mambo,” “Cha-cha,” “Rumba”).

The concert opens with Copland’s Quiet City, which reflects a pensive and melancholy mood suggesting early morning scenes of New York in the nearly a century ago.

Howard Hanson was born in Nebraska and educated in Chicago. He brings a midwestern expansiveness to his Symphony No. 2 (“Romantic”), probably his most well-known work. Hanson, who helped found and then led the Eastman School of Music for 40 years, is possibly America’s greatest symphonist. He composed seven, including one commissioned by Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic.

Buy your tickets now to hear this All-American performance.

Season subscriptions and individual concert tickets are available from the Hylton Center Box Office or by calling 703-993-7759. All children and student tickets (through college) are free.



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