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.



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West Side Story: Leonard Bernstein at 100
Two Wednesdays, March 21 and 28, 6:30–8:00 p.m.
$90 all sessions; $55 single session
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Finishing up Spring 2018! 

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April 3-9
And our travelers are there in the present!


Gorbachev: His Life and Times
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Co-sponsored with World Affairs Council of Houston


Behind the Pages: A Conversation with William Middleton 
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