The Arizona Winds, one of the Valley of the Sun’s most popular performing groups, continues its 2018-2019 concert season with a free concert commemorating the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of the world’s most iconic conductors and composers, Leonard Bernstein.
The band‘s performance will be one of over 2,000 events across six continents for the “Leonard Bernstein at 100” two-year global celebration of the life and career of the 20th century cultural giant. Bernstein—composer, conductor, educator, musician, cultural ambassador and humanitarian—was among the first conductors born and educated in the US to receive worldwide acclaim, and he was one of the most prodigiously talented and successful musicians in American history. His fame derived from his long tenure as the music director of the New York Philharmonic, from his conducting of concerts with most of the world's leading orchestras, and from his music for stage and screen including West Side Story, Candide, On the Town, and Mass, to name just a few. Bernstein was the first conductor to give a series of television lectures on classical music, starting in 1954 and continuing until his death.
The Arizona Winds’ performance will include selections from a number of Bernstein’s most memorable operettas, musicals and ballets including “Three Dance Episodes” from On the Town; “Symphonic Dances” from West Side Story; ”Danzon”, the third Sailor’s Dance from his ballet Fancy Free; and two suites from Candide and Mass, among other works.