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Symphony Orchestra Concert

Joining others around the world in celebrating Leonard Bernstein's Centennial, the Symphony Orchestra will present a program on Saturday, December 1.

Featuring Bernstein’s “The overture to Candide,” the evening program will also feature various musical theater selections with vocal performances by the Chamber Singers and vocalists from the Eastman School of Music. The concert will feature the suite of symphonic dances from West Side Story and 12-year old visiting vocalist from the Eastman Community Music School.

The winner of this year's "Symphony and the Poem" contest, Claire Harte '22 will read her poem at the concert. The poem will be printed on the program. This is the second year for the contest which asks students to submit poetry inspired by the concert program. Judges are Melissa Balmain, Rachel Waddell, and Joan Rubin. 

Arrive at the auditorium early for a preconcert lecture at 7:15 p.m. with Joan Rubin, the Ani & Mark Gabrellian Director of the Humanities Center, who will speak on Bernstein’s contributions to American culture.

Can't make the event in person? See it streamed live at

SAVE THE DATE: In an extension of this program, Bernstein’s daughter Jaime Bernstein—author of Famous Father Girl—will be visiting the University of Rochester, for a Humanities Project on Wednesday, March 20 and Thursday, March 21. 

Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 8:00pm to 10:00pm

Strong Auditorium
417 Alumni Road, Rochester, NY 14611

Event Type

Arts and Entertainment, Performances


General Public


humanities, performing arts



Department of Music
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