Legendary composer’s daughter Jamie Bernstein celebrates America with Sinfonia

Published: Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 05:36 PM.

Sinfonia Gulf Coast celebrates American music at its upcoming performance of “The Bernstein Beat” on Friday, Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Destiny Worship Center in Miramar Beach .

The performance features Sinfonia’s full orchestra performing several of Bernstein’s works including the beloved “Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.” Sinfonia concertmaster Mari Thomas will perform the regional premier of American composer Michael Daugherty’s violin concerto entitled “Fire & Blood.” The piece is a musical depiction of the life size murals by artist Diego Rivera, who was commissioned by Edsel Ford to depict and represent the Detroit auto industry.

Jamie Bernstein, daughter of iconic composer-conductor Leonard Bernstein, will host the evening. Bernstein will share her insights on growing up surrounded by music and incredible personalities in addition to providing the highlights from that morning’s performances of “The Bernstein Beat” for more than 2,000 Okaloosa and Walton third through eighth graders.

The morning performances, conceived and hosted by Bernstein, are made possible by funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, St. Joe Community Foundation and Destin Commons and are provided free of charge to participating schools.

The performance will be at Destiny Worship Center and begins at 7:30pm. Tickets range from $29.50-42.50 and can be purchased online or by calling the box office. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.SinfoniaGulfCoast.org or call (850) 269-7129  

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Students invited to paint the music



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