BBC Music Magazine

West Side rookie

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John Eliot Gardiner, a conductor usually associated with mastery of Monteverdi and brilliance in Bach, is to reveal a rarely-seen side of his musical persona at this year’s Edinburgh Festival – on 5 & 6 August, Gardiner will be taking the reins for two concert performanc­es of Bernstein’s West Side Story. He will be joined for the occasion by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and a cast including soprano Sophia Burgos and tenor Alek Shrader as Maria and Tony.

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