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School Of Music Presents A Bernstein Birthday Bash

Oct. 30, 2018
SHSU Media Contact: Wes Hamilton

Written By: Asia Miller

operapic4The Sam Houston State University School of Music will celebrate the 100th birthday of American music legend, the late composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein with performances of his music on Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3.

The performances will highlight excerpts from some of his best-known works including: “West Side Story,” “Candine,” “On the Town,” “Peter Pan,” “Trouble in Tahiti” and others. In addition to his classical conducting career, Bernstein also created works such as these for the Broadway stage.

Bernstein is known for his flamboyant style and his ability to captivate an audience. The show will showcase a glimpse of his style and provide a variety of Bernstein’s notable works.

operapic3“As a student composer, it shows me that Bernstein used everything in his work and can’t be nailed down to one style,” said Carlos Figueroa, a sophomore music composition major.

The pieces in the show are not limited to one genre so guests can expect to hear a range of songs.

“It is very different from what we normally do, it is a different type of challenge that has forced us out of our comfort zone,” said Lorenzo Johnson Jr., a senior vocal performance major.

Both evening performances will start at 7:30 p.m. in the Payne Concert Hall of the Gaertner Performing Arts Center.

Tickets will be available the evenings of the performances at the box office in the lobby, or they may also be purchased online at

For further information, contact Associate Professor of Voice Rebecca Renfro,, (936) 294- 2314.


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