&ldquoAs Alsop faced the cellos and drew from them the most tremendously shaped phrases with every inflection of her baton, you were aware of being in the presence of greatness.&rdquo
29th February 2016
Marin conducts West Side Story at New York’s Knockdown Center

On March 4 – 6, 2016, Marin will conduct three large-scale productions of West Side Story at New York’s Knockdown Centre, a restored factory in Queens. The performances are the cornerstone of The Somewhere Project, a unique creative learning project presented by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) in celebration of their 125th anniversary season.

These productions aim to immerse audiences in a community celebration that’s equal parts exhibition, theater, and special event. Directed by Amanda Dehnert, professional artists take the lead roles—including Skylar Astin as Tony, Morgan Hernandez as Maria, and Bianca Marroquín as Anita—with students and community members from around the city joining them on stage.

Throughout the 2015/16 season, the WMI has supported the creation of new works by students and community members, each inspired by “Somewhere,” the classic song from West Side Story. This original music has been featured in free Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts in all five boroughs of New York City.

An open companion course was created with Soundfly, offering free resources and interviews with the world’s top experts on West Side Story, including Marin, as well as creative challenges, printable resources, discussion prompts and further reading to explore.

To find out more click here.

Watch Marin talking about the music of West Side Story, and other videos made for The Somewhere Project, here.