Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story

Hopkins at Home

Join Peabody Conservatory faculty Ernest Liotti, Peab ‘80, for an introduction to Leonard Bernstein’s most celebrated contributions to Broadway ­ – from the enduring elegance of On the Town to the rhapsodic charm of Candide – with a special focus on the timeless classic, West Side Story. Revel in the 1961 film’s iconic overture and a selection of beloved cinematic moments in anticipation of the 2023 holiday release of the oscar-buzzy biopic Maestro promising to tell the untold story of the maestro behind the masterpiece. 

Following the presentation, share your favorite moments from West Side Story, and thoughts on the impact of Bernstein's music on stage and cinema through live Q&A moderated by composer, pianist, and teacher Robert Hitz, Peab ‘82. A special thank you to Marin Alsop, Professor and Director of the Graduate Conducting Program at Peabody Conservatory, for providing our program's opening remarks.

Registrants for this webinar may enter into a drawing for the chance to win a $30 e-giftcard to Landmark Theatres to catch Bradley Cooper's Maestro on the big screen this December along with a copy of Maestro's Music of Leonard Bernstein's Original Soundtrack 2 LP (Vinyl) edition with artist Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting the London Symphony Orchestra.

ABOUT Ernest Liotti, Peab '80
Peabody Conservatory Faculty and Alumni

Performer, educator, and lecturer Ernest Liotti pursues an active career addressing a wide range of topics including classical music, opera, great musicians of the past, film and industrial design. A member of the Conservatory faculty of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, Liotti has taught a variety of classes in both the Voice and Piano departments. He was a long-standing lecturer for the Roadscholar Program at Peabody and has lectured extensively throughout the metropolitan Baltimore/Washington area. In demand as a speaker, Liotti has traveled across the United States and Europe addressing such organizations as Brandies University, Friends of Tanglewood, and Spoleto USA on subjects such as Bernstein’s music for the theatre, the operas of Giancarlo Menotti, and the career of Arturo Toscanini.

Since 2001, Liotti has been a regular lecturer for the Alumni Association of the Johns Hopkins University. In the summer of 2013, he was featured on a lecture cruise of the Baltic Sea whose principal speakers were Mikhail Gorbachev and Lech Walesa. As a performer Liotti is the founding Director of the DaCamera Singers, a sixteen voiced chamber chorus that presented not only the standard repertoire but also promoted new works by regional composers.

ABOUT Robert Hitz, Peab '82
Johns Hopkins University Alumni Council Member

Robert Hitz is an improvisational pianist, composer, and master teacher. Although classically trained at the Peabody Institute and Syracuse University, Robert now primarily plays and composes through improvisation. His music spans genres and influences, and he is open to all great musical ideas. He had the honor of composing “True Blue” for the 2021 Johns Hopkins Alumni Association Awards Ceremony. Known for both virtuosity and tenderness Robert also collaborates with spoken word and visual arts in participatory inter-arts programs and events. During his recent artist residency at Casper College, his music for A Midsummer’s Night Dream was the conceptual foundation for the production. Robert tours as a soloist, collaborative artist, and master teacher.  His current project is a book and video series on his methods of teaching through improvisation. He has recorded four solo piano albums with a new album due in 2024. He was a founding member and an officer of the Baltimore Composers Forum. Serving his second term, Robert is the Peabody Institute representative on the Johns Hopkins Alumni Council and an active member of the Engaging Future Alumni Committee.

 Event Date
Friday, December 15, 2023
Start Time: 1:00pm EST
End Time: 1:45pm EST

Virtual Program

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