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Leonard Bernstein - composer, conductor, humanitarian, educator

© William Gottlieb
© William Gottlieb
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Year of birth1918
Year of death1990
NationalityUnited States
Period20th century
February 2018
Evening performance
Matinee performance
To learn more about Bernstein and his official centenary celebrations, visit Bernstein at 100.
Bernstein the Music Educator
Bernstein the Cultural Authority
Bernstein the Conductor

Bernstein 100: the LSO’s tribute to a big-hearted man

Leonard Bernstein rehearsing, 1990 © London Symphony Orchestra
The LSO celebrates Bernstein's genius with a series of concerts this led by newly installed Music Director, Sir Simon Rattle, and by Bernstein protégé, Marin Alsop.

Alexander Bernstein on Artful Learning

Alexander Bernstein © Steve Sherman
The Artful Learning model was initiated by Leonard Bernstein. Now, it's being used in 15 schools in the US.

The educational legacy of Leonard Bernstein

Bernstein in the TV studio in 1958 © Bert Bial | New York Philharmonic Digital Archives
George Marriner Maull of the music education organisation The Discovery Orchestra looks back on the legacy of Leonard Bernsteins Young People's Concerts. 
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NorthridgeOn the Waterfront

Bernstein: On the Waterfront
New West Symphony; Richard Kaufman

Kansas CityBernstein, Prokofiev and Schumann

Bernstein, Prokofiev, Schumann
Kansas City Symphony; David Zinman

RomeBrahms, Bernstein

Brahms, Bernstein
Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia; Sir Antonio Pappano; Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia; Voci Bianche dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia; Kyung Wha Chung; Nadine Sierra

Colorado SpringsBernstein and Sibelius

Copland, Bernstein, Sibelius
Colorado Springs Philharmonic; Josep Caballé-Domenech

HoustonHilary Hahn & Bernstein

Shostakovich, Bernstein
Houston Symphony; Andrés Orozco-Estrada; Hilary Hahn

CincinnatiStrauss, Bernstein

Strauss R., Bernstein, Korngold
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; Juraj Valčuha; Simone Lamsma
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Gabel and Houston Symphony captain Corigliano and Ravel

Fabien Gabel © Gaetan Bernard
Houston Symphony’s program starring John Corigliano’s Conjurer: Concerto for Percussionist and String Orchestra and Maurice Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé crept through mists.
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Bernstein's Mass gushes, swoons and rages

Bernstein's Mass with Dudamel © Craig T Mathew | Mathew Imaging courtesy of LA Philharmonic Association
The Los Angeles Philharmonic proved that Bernstein's Mass, which had been dogged by critics at its première, has stood the test of time.
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A stellar Beethoven “Emperor" Concerto

Jorge Federico Osorio © Todd Rosenberg
Stephan Mulligan steps up to lead tight and virtuosic performances of music by Kurth, Bernstein and Beethoven.
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Stunning Candide from LA Opera

Kelsey Grammer (as Voltaire) © Ken Howard
Whether it’s half an opera, three quarters an operetta, or a musical and a half, Francesca Zambello’s team put together a production that was easy to fall in love with. 
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Glittering showpieces from Gabel and the Milwaukee Symphony

Fabien Gabel © Gaëtan Bernard
In Milwaukee, Fabien Gabel pairs a Classical concerto with brilliant orchestral showpieces by Bernstein, Ravel and Florent Schmitt.
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