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West Side Story (2021) in Concert

Sep 12 - Sep 17

Directed by Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg, with a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award® winner Tony Kushner, this adaptation of the legendary musical tells the classic tale of fierce rivalries and young love in 1957 New York City. Featuring an iconic score by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Arthur Laurents, and choreography by Jerome Robbins.

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Wu Tsai Theater, David Geffen Hall

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Leonard Bernstein

West Side Story in Concert (2021; New York Premiere of score performed live to complete film)


  • David Newman


    David Newman is one of today’s most accomplished creators of music for film. In his 30-year career he has scored more than 110 films, ranging from War of the RosesMatildaBowfinger, and Heathers to the more recent Girls Trip, Night School and Serenity. His music has brought to life the critically acclaimed dramas Brokedown Palace and Hoffa; comedies such as Galaxy Quest and Throw Momma from the Train; and award-winning animated films Ice Age, The Brave Little Toaster, and Anastasia. He holds an Academy Award nomination for his score to Anastasia. In 2021, after a decade of conducting numerous live music-to-film concerts for the classic West Side Story film, Newman arranged the score for Steven Spielberg’s bold new reimagining of the legendary Bernstein and Sondheim musical, earning him a Grammy nomination in 2022.

    Highly sought-after as a conductor, Newman appears with leading orchestras throughout the world including the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and The Cleveland Orchestra. Newman conducted the live-to-film world premiere of John Williams’s epic film series, Star Wars — Episodes IV, V, VI and VII, with the New York Philharmonic in 2017. In the summer of 2020 he conducted the world premiere of his score for the film Galaxy Quest live with the San Diego Symphony during Comic-Con; in the fall of 2021 he was invited by the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles to conduct their inaugural concerts of The Wizard of Oz, live to picture, with the American Youth Symphony.

    David Newman is the son of nine-time Oscar-winning composer Alfred Newman, and the creation and conducting of music has been a lifelong zeal. An active composer for the concert hall, he has composed works that have been performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony, and Long Beach Symphony, as well as at the Ravinia Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, and Chicago’s Grant Park Music Festival. He composed a violin-orchestra suite for Korean American violinist Sarah Chang based on the songs from West Side Story.

    Passionate about nurturing the next generation of musicians, Newman has served on the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival in the Film Scoring Program.

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