West Side Story: Leonard Bernstein at 100

Two Wednesdays, March 21 and 28, 6:30–8:00 p.m. | Private residences; addresses will be given to course subscribers. Limited enrollment.

2018 marks the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein.  Organizations throughout the world are celebrating his impact on classical music in America, including Houston Grand Opera’s spring production of West Side Story. Join HGO’s Paul Hopper for an exploration of Bernstein’s life as conductor, composer, and educator.  While West Side Story (1957) has an extensive performance history throughout the world, HGO’s presentation will be the first from a major American opera company.  This new production is directed by Francesca Zambello with brand new sets and costumes. We will learn why West Side Story continues to resonate with audiences from all walks of life. 

The Seminar has asked Mr. Hopper to tell us about the impact of Hurricane Harvey on HGO and the construction of the HGO Resilience Theater inside the George R. Brown Convention Center.

Paul Hopper joined Houston Grand Opera in 2013. Today, as assistant artistic director he manages special artistic projects, assists in planning, and guides a variety of audiences in learning more about HGO and opera. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the University of Houston, he previously held positions at the Santa Fe Opera and the Metropolitan Opera.



Registration for fall 2018 is ongoing. You may register online, by mail, or by phone with a credit card. 


If you are interested in traveling to Virginia in the spring of 2019, please call the registrar at 713.666.9000 to place your name on a list. Please see Terms and Conditions for "travel list" policy. 


Please note a date in the Mid-term Elections course has changed from that published in the brochure. The course will meet the first two Mondays, October 29 and November 5 as planned, but will meet Tuesday, November 13 instead of Monday, November 12. 


Also note Art Underground: Carlos Cruz-Diez at the Cistern on Wednesday, November 14 is FULLY SUBSCRIBED. A second session has been added and will meet Monday, November 12 from 2:00-3:30 P.M. Registrations are being accepted for November 12. You may register online, or by phone.


Who Gets to Vote: Challenges for the 2020 Elections?
Speaker: Dale Ho, director of the American Civil Liberties Union Voter Rights Project
Monday, November 19, 6:30-8:00 P.M.
Location to be announced


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