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!
From Hamilton to West Side Story: Identifying Our American Experience through Song Live from 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 this interactive Zoom session from MSM Orto Center. 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.
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