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Performing Arts Connect: From Hamilton to West Side Story: Identifying the American Experience through Song

The Palladium // Tuesday, Oct 6, 7pm

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The Center’s new Performing Arts Connect series uses Zoom videoconferencing to bring you live workshops and presentations featuring artists and experts from leading cultural organizations around the world. You can enjoy these virtual field trips from the safety of home – or anywhere!


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From Hamilton to West Side Story: Identifying the American Experience through Song

Manhattan School of Music


What do a Founding Father, the Pacific Theater of WWII, and a mid-century Puerto Rican street gang all have in common? Find out in MSM Orto Center’s interactive Zoom session “From Hamilton to West Side Story: Identifying Our American Experience through Song.” In this night on the town, we’ll take a trip on NYC’s “Great White Way” to examine three preeminent American musicals, Richard Rodgers’ South Pacific, Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story, and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash hit Hamilton. Evaluating the historical context and sociocultural issues in each musical, participants will tackle the overt and underlying themes as a means to reflecting on their own cultural and personal identities. In addition to a live performance by an MSM Orto Center Teaching Artist, participants will collaboratively compose and perform their own historical rap! Join us and discover what makes the American Musical a defining part of American culture and identity. 


About the Manhattan School of Music

Manhattan School of Music is one of the world's premier music conservatories for classical music, jazz and musical theater. Its award-winning digital education programs connect students, educators and the general public with distinguished artists around the globe. Additionally, its livestreamed concerts and masterclasses, featuring MSM student ensembles and acclaimed faculty, now attract a worldwide audience.



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