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concert Sir Simon Rattle conducts Bernstein and Gershwin — With Wayne Marshall Waldbühne 1995: American Night

Waldbühne 1995: American Night

Sir Simon Rattle conducts Bernstein and Gershwin — With Wayne Marshall Waldbühne 1995: American Night


Head back in time to the USA of the 1930s in American Night, an enthralling evening at the open-air Waldbühne with the inimitable Berliner Philharmoniker and their longtime director Sir Simon Rattle! This enthralling evening transports us directly into the world of Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin, an irresistible blend of symphonic music, opera, musical theatre, and jazz. First-class singers like Willard White, Cynthia Haymon, Marietta Simpson, and Cynthia Clarey bring to life selections from Porgy and Bess, plus beloved standards "Someone to Watch Over Me" and "I Got Rhythm," and pianist Wayne Marshall provides an effervescent rendition of the famous Rhapsody in Blue. Music by Leonard Bernstein rounds out the program, including the dazzling Candide Overture and the Prelude, Fugue and Riffs providing virtuosic clarinet runs that will have you on your feet!


  • Wayne Marshall | Pianist
  • Willard White | Porgy
  • Cynthia Haymon | Bess
  • Damon Evans | Sporting Life
  • Cynthia Clarey | Serena
  • Marietta Simpson | Maria
  • Daniel Washington | Crown
  • Rundfunkchor Berlin
  • Robin Gritton | Chorus Master


  • Leonard Bernstein, Candide
    • Overture
  • George Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue
  • Leonard Bernstein, Prelude, Fugue and Riffs
  • George Gershwin, Porgy and Bess
    • "I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'"
    • "Bess, You is my woman now"
    • "It Ain't Necessarily So"
    • "Summertime"
    • "There’s a boat dat’s leaving soon for New York"
    • Catfish Row: Orchestral Suite
    • "Dem white folks sure ain' put nuttin' over on this baby"
  • George Gershwin, Someone To Watch Over Me
  • George Gershwin / Ira Gershwin, I Got Rhythm
  • Paul Lincke, Berliner Luft


  • Directed by:
    • Brian Large
  • Venue: Berlin Waldbühne (Berlin, Germany)
  • Production date: 1995
  • Duration: 1 h 25 min
  • Production: © brilliant media GmbH/VIDEAL
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