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Santino Fontana Performs “Something’s Coming” from West Side Story

This week will mark the third time Santino Fontana has performed with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir when he joins them on stage during the American Choral Director's Association concert. It’s hard to believe that just seven months ago, Fontana walked onto the stage at the Conference Center singing “Something’s Coming” from the award-winning musical, West Side Story. Although the original Broadway production opened almost 60 years ago, Fontana brought a youthful enthusiasm to the performance, making the Leonard Bernstein song sound brand new.

In a behind-the-scenes interview, Fontana reflected upon walking onto the Conference Center stage to face 21,000 people: “The experience of walking out from backstage to onstage is overwhelming. It’s so huge, and there are so many people that are so excited to be there, and you can feel that. That’s a very unique experience—I’ve never had that. There’s nothing to prepare you for that.”

“Something’s Coming” appears early in the first act of West Side Story and introduces main character Tony as an empathetic person who’s looking for more than a gang has to offer. The song sets the tone for his entire storyline. Artists such as Barbara Streisand, the cast of Glee, and Choir guest artists Dallyn Vail Bayles and Brian Stokes Mitchell have covered the song. Watch Santino Fontana’s performance from the 2014 Pioneer Day concert.

The ACDA concert will be held Saturday, February 28, 2015, at 8:00 p.m. in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City. Although tickets for the concert have sold out, standby seating will be available the day of the concert on a first-come, first-serve basis. Additional guest artists of the Choir will be Sylvia McNair, the U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants, and the combined ACDA National Conference Honor Choirs.