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Greater Bridgeport Symphony Celebrates Leonard Bernstein's 99th Birthday

Conductor Eric Jacobsen, shown here rehearsing with young musicians, will conduct the Greater Bridgeport Symphony presentation of "Bernstein at 99! Saturday, March 18 at The Klein.
Conductor Eric Jacobsen, shown here rehearsing with young musicians, will conduct the Greater Bridgeport Symphony presentation of "Bernstein at 99! Saturday, March 18 at The Klein. Photo Credit: Eric Jacobsen on Facebook
The Fairfield County Children's Choir will join the Greater Bridgeport Symphony on stage for the GBS presentation of "Bernstein at 99!" Saturday, March 18.
The Fairfield County Children's Choir will join the Greater Bridgeport Symphony on stage for the GBS presentation of "Bernstein at 99!" Saturday, March 18. Photo Credit: Fairfield County Children's Choir on Facebook

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein would have been 99 this year, so the Greater Bridgeport Symphony will celebrate his music with "Bernstein at 99!" in a concert on Saturday, March 18, at the Klein Memorial Auditorium.

Conductor Eric Jacobsen, soloist Deborah Wong, the Connecticut Chamber Choir and the Fairfield County Children’s Choir will present Dance Suite from "West Side Story" and the Chichester Psalms.

The second half of the concert will bring French romance, with Ravel’s Tzigane and Debussy’s Nocturnes.

"Everyone should come out and be part of it. I think everyone who comes to this concert is going to have a good time," Jacobsen told Daily Voice.

"Bernstein was one of the greatest treasures of American composers and history of music advocate for conductors. It's clear that he is the kind of person we need right now. We need people to bridge gaps and create beautiful art."

"These incredible symphonic dance pieces are songs Bernstein wrote specifically for a children's choir," Jacobsen said.

The Fairfield Children's Choir is "one of the most incredible choirs I ever worked with. They're so good," he said.

The Klein is located at 910 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport.

Tickets can be purchased on the GBS website here.

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