Welcome + Opening Remarks

Opening Number: New York, New York (1944)

from On the Town
Cartier Williams, tap

I Hate Music! (1943)
     I. My Name is Barbara

     II. Jupiter has Nine Moons

     III. I Hate Music
from I Hate Music: A Cycle of Five Kid Songs
Anika Sampson-Anderson, soprano | Paul Byssainthe, Jr., piano

Spring Will Come Again (1964)
Sean Tillery, tenor | Anika Sampson-Anderson, soprano | Paul Byssainthe, Jr., piano

Elegy for Mippy II (1948)
Reginald Cyntje, trombone

Rondo for Lifey (1948)
Christopher Watkins, trumpet | Paul Byssainthe, Jr., piano

A Simple Song (1976)
from Bernstein’s Mass
Sean Tillery, tenor | Paul Byssainthe, Jr., piano 

Sonata for Clarinet and Piano (1942)
Patricia Billings, clarinet | Gabriella McNeill, piano


Bernstein Tap and Rap: A modern interpretation of Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances (1961) - World Stage Premiere
Conceived by Nolan Williams, Jr., Book adapted by Duane Richards, Choreography by Cartier Williams
Cartier Williams Dance Theatre | Duane Richards, narrator

Cartier Williams

NEWorks' Bernstein Tribute was a concert of music and movement presented at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on April 25, 2018 to honor the Leonard Bernstein centenary. The mixed program featured less-commonly performed works by the iconic American composer, including excerpts from Bernstein's song cycle for children, I Hate Music!, and his sonata for clarinet and piano.

The highlight of the program was the world premiere of the NEWorks-commissioned Bernstein Tap & Rap, a modern interpretation of Bernstein's Symphonic Dances, conceived by NEWorks CEO Nolan Williams, Jr. with book adaptation by Duane Richards and choreography by international tap sensation Cartier Williams.

Click below to view the full archival video of our Bernstein Tribute.

PHOTO CREDIT: Richard Turmine