Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra
21 Sep 2022
APO is New Zealand’s designated metropolitan orchestra, serving Auckland, the country’s largest and most vibrant city, with concerts and events throughout the year.
Conductor/Presenter Graham Abbott
Bernstein Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
In the theatre, West Side Story is scored for a 31-piece band, so it’s no surprise that Bernstein leapt at the chance to rewrite his music for a large symphony orchestra. But why ‘Symphonic Dances’, rather than, say, ‘Suite from West Side Story’, which is basically what it is? Graham Abbott follows the musical links which bind the piece together.