Bernstein all the rage at Mandel

By JESSICA KIM COHEN
Herald Intern

This year’s annual Cathy Heifetz Memorial Concert, “Bernstein Bash!,” will pay homage to the American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein, at 8 p.m. on May 31 at Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St. There will be an encore performance at 3 p.m. on June 1.

Concluding the University of Chicago’s Department of Music’s 2013-14 season, the concert will include more than 250 musicians from the University Symphony Orchestra, University Chorus and Motet Choir, conducted by the USO Music Director Barbara Schubert.

Aiming to showcase a range of styles, the all-Bernstein concert will include the overture to “Candide,” “Symphonic Dances” from “West Side Story,” “Chichester Psalms” and Suite No. 2 from Bernstein’s 1974 ballet “Dybbuk.” According to Schubert, this is the first time the Heifetz concert has been structured around one composer.

“It was the choral director who really wanted to do the Bernstein Chichester Psalms, and because of that I decided to program around the piece and focus entirely around one composer,” Schubert said. “Building around the choral piece, we’re showing a multifaceted artist who contributed to music.”

Donations of $10, or $5 for students and children, will be requested at the door. For more information, contact the Department of Music at 773-702-8484.

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