The Music of Stephen Sondheim

March 21 – 22, 1997

Production Language English
Country of Origin United States
Description Stephen Sondheim is one of the few lights left on Broadway, but his unique talent makes him more than a Broadway composer. He is as brilliant writing lyrics as he is composing music, as comfortable writing a musical consisting entirely of waltzes (A Little Night Music) as he is composing Burt Bacharach-style torch songs about alcoholic housewives (Company). Pacific Overtures, Sondheim's brilliant bicentennial musical based on the changes wrought in Japan by Americans, is a latter-day, savvier Madame Butterfly. Charles Prince conducts the BPO in the New York premiere of Sondheim's Dance Suite from Pacific Overtures. Listen to it alongside Le Tombeau de Couperin by Maurice Ravel, a composer Sondheim acknowledges as a key influence. To top it off, excerpts from Sondheim's shows will be performed by some of Broadway's current leading singers and surprise guests.

Pre-concert presentation with Stephen Sondheim and Charles Prince.
Identifier 1997s.01285