West Side Story
The Minnesota Orchestra wraps up the 2014 Sommerfest with two full orchestra concerts on July 25 and 26. Sommerfest artistic director Andrew Litton will conduct both concerts. On July 25, Litton leads an all-American program including Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from “West Side Story” and Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.”
“West Side Story” is a Broadway battleship with an endless artillery of showtune shells, not a single one of which fails to detonate. To my tastes, it is the greatest Broadway musical ever written.