Bernstein and Gershwin
Bernstein’s West Side Story can be considered both an opera and a musical. In the dance suite the music of feuding gangs – the Jets and the Sharks – is heard, as they bicker and challenge each other. Bernstein wrote his most rousing music – full of danger and vitality – for these dances. As a songwriter and pianist, Gershwin felt at home with both traditional and popular music. Like Bernstein, he was inspired by jazz, popular dances, Russian-Jewish folk songs and modern classical music; you can hear all these elements in his Rhapsody in Blue.
The music of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet was originally intended for a ballet production. The music was strong enough to stand on its own and Prokofiev assembled various instrumental suites from the ballet music, which rapidly became popular.
Robeco SummerNights presents two months of wonderful concerts, from classical to jazz and from cabaret to film scores. Top musicians from the Netherlands and around the world bring you all your favourite classical pieces, as well as some surprises! In the beautiful Mirror Hall there is a summer restaurant where you can enjoy a three-course dinner before the concert. Or take a look backstage before the concert with one of our concert hall tours.