Virginia Opera’s Season Opens with West Side Story

Posted: November 28, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Erica Pirrung

The Virginia Opera opens its 2000 season with the classic Broadway production West Side Story. Based on the book by Arthur Laurents, West Side Story is a classic story of love and family honor, and the struggle between two rival youth gangs, the Sharks and the Jets. The production is held in the Concert Hall on Friday, Dec. 1, and Saturday, Dec. 2, at 8 p.m., with matinees on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 2 and 3, at 2 p.m.

Conducted by Dan Saunders, with direction and choreography by Karen Azenberg, the opera’s production of West Side Story will be the full Broadway version. The cast includes renowned performers such as Sean McDerrmont, who has appeared in Grease and Miss Saigon, Fernand Roderick, who has appeared in Grease and Evita, and Gabriela Pochinki, who has played roles in Carmina Burana and Adina in Rome. Artistic discussions led by assistant conductor Joseph Walsh will be held 45 minutes before each performance on the Grand Tier of the Concert Hall.

Tickets range from $70 to $36 and are available through the Center for the Arts at x38888. Saturday’s matinee offers a special family discount with children admitted for half price.

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