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The Sembrich Season Concludes With a Tribute to Bernstein

The Sembrich Season Concludes With a Tribute to Bernstein

—A Film and a Studio Talk Mark the Composer’s Centenary—


BOLTON LANDING, NY — The Sembrich concludes its 2018 summer season on Wednesday, August 29th at 1:30 pm with a studio talk entitled “Leonard Bernstein’s New York,” a multimedia presentation by Broadway expert John Kenrick in celebration of the centennial of the composer’s birth. Tickets are offered free-of-charge to Sembrich members.  General admission tickets are $20.  To order tickets or to become a member, call (518) 644-2431.

“Leonard Bernstein’s New York” examines the musicals On the Town, Wonderful Town and West Side Story and considers their place in the life and career of the acclaimed composer, an American master whom Kenrick regards as “a charismatic musical genius.”

“From the high spirits and hijinks of sailors on leave to the brutality of feuding street gangs, Bernstein composed musicals that embodied the pace and pulse of New York City,” says Kenrick, an adjunct faculty member at NYU and the New School.

Kenrick is the author of, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Amateur Theatricals and the textbook Musical Theatre: A History. His college courses have included The History of Musical Theatre, Great Broadway Songwriters and Rodgers & Hammerstein. He has also offered courses on Hollywood Legends, The History of Screen Musicals and The Golden Age of MGM, among others. In addition, Kenrick has lectured at Wagner College, Marymount Manhattan, Pace University and The University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

“I think show business history is the most fascinating subject in the world,” says Kenrick.  “My goal is simple: to make it as entertaining and exciting for others as it is for me.”


“Leonard Bernstein’s New York” will be preceded on Monday, August 27th at 7:30 pm by a screening at Bolton Free Library of the 1954 film classic “On the Waterfront.”  Admission is free.

The Oscar-winning film, which confronts corruption and unionism amid the longshoremen of New York, stars Marlon Brando in a career-defining role.  “On the Waterfront” also features a ground-breaking musical score by Leonard Bernstein—the subject of a short documentary that follows the feature.

“You can hear, in the musical palette of ‘On the Waterfront,’ the brutality and rhythmic vitality that Bernstein would explore further in the score to ‘West Side Story,’” says Sembrich Artistic Director Richard Wargo.