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West Side Story

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West Side Story

West Side Story is one of the most extraordinary pieces of cinema I can imagine. Everything about it is outrageous, beautiful, strange, poignant, hilarious; the orchestration is entirely too delicious and huge and so much of it is baked into operas and musical theatre which follow it.”―composer Nico Muhly

Nico Muhly is an American composer and sought-after collaborator whose influences range from American minimalism to the Anglican choral tradition. The recipient of commissions from the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Tallis Scholars, among others, he has written more than 100 works for the concert stage. His work for stage and screen includes music for the Broadway revival of The Glass Menagerie and scores for films including The Reader. Muhly studied composition at Juilliard before working as an editor and conductor for Philip Glass. He is part of the artist-run record label Bedroom Community, which released his first two albums, Speaks Volumes (2006) and Mothertongue (2008). He lives in New York City.


With music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and choreography by Jerome Robbins—not to mention inspiration from William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet—this groundbreaking musical remains as thrilling today as it was when it was released in 1961. It earned 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Music.

Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)

This film is part of the Caramoor at the Burns: Movies Musicians Love series.

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