ITHACA, NY— “West Side Story Counterpoint”—a multimedia performance paying tribute to the contrapuntal rhythms of “West Side Story”—will take place on Monday, March 31, as part of Ithaca College’s 11th annual Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF). Free and open to the public, the event will be offered at both 7 and 9 p.m. in the Hockett Family Recital Hall in the James J. Whalen Center for Music.
The event will feature original multimedia projection, design and lighting by Ann Michel and Phil Wilde, large-scale projections of archival amateur film from five continents, and live performances by Ithaca College School of Music faculty Jairo Geronymo and Deborah Martin (piano), Deborah Lifton (soprano) and Brad Hougham (bass baritone).
The music of “West Side Story Counterpoint” is a transcription based on the score Leonard Bernstein wrote for “West Side Story,” which premiered on the stage in 1957 and then as an Oscar–winning film in 1961. Arranged for two pianos, this concert adaptation of Bernstein’s score pushes against the dominant and accepted ways of thinking about musicals and romance. It invites audiences to listen to the polyphonies, harmonies, dimensions and migrations of Bernstein’s work.
“West Side Story Counterpoint” is sponsored by the Ithaca College Division of Interdisciplinary and International Studies. The event is a collaborative partnership with the Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
FLEFF 2008 will run Monday–Sunday, March 31–April 6. A complete list of events, along with a day-by-day calendar, is available at www.ithaca.edu/fleff.
Launched in 1997 as an outreach project sponsored by Ithaca College, Cornell University’s Center for the Environment and Eunadi Center for International Studies and others, FLEFF has become a major regional event in upstate New York and enjoys an international reputation as a cutting-edge, multi-arts program.
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