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Leonard Bernstein - composer, conductor, humanitarian, educator

© William Gottlieb
© William Gottlieb
Fact file
Year of birth1918
Year of death1990
NationalityUnited States
Period20th century
October 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.

Happy 100th Birthday, Leonard Bernstein

© William Gottlieb
To celebrate Lenny’s 100th birthday, the Bachtrack team gets together with his children and our friends at the Leonard Bernstein Office to give you a playlist of our favourites.

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.
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LondonKensington Symphony Orchestra

Tower, Adams, Bernstein, Schuman
Kensington Symphony Orchestra; Russell Keable

BeijingEsa-Pekka Salonen, Krystian Zimerman and Philharmonia Orchestra

Ravel, Bernstein, Bartók
Philharmonia Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen; Krystian Zimerman

MadridWest Side Story

Bernstein: West Side Story
Unknown; Ricardo Sánchez Cuerda

MalmöWest Side Story

Bernstein: West Side Story
Jakob Hultberg; Magnus Fryklund; Malmö Opera; Steffen Aarfing; Anja Vang Kragh; Frida Johansson; Anton Zetterholm

LondonCelebrating Bernstein - More Sides of the Story

© London Concert Choir
Mark Forkgen; London Concert Choir; Nathan Mercieca; Richard Pearce; Anneke Hodnett

ZagrebBernstein's MASS

Bernstein: Mass
Croatian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra; John Axelrod; Croatian Radio and Television Jazz Orchestra; Croatian National Theare Choir; Jubilant Sykes
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Kazuki Yamada rocks Symphony Hall

Kazuki Yamada © Marco Borggreve
Principal Guest Conductor Kazuki Yamada teases brilliant French sounds from the CBSO.
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Transatlantic conversations with the RLPO

Estonian conductor Anu Tali © Kabir Cardenas
Bringing their residency to a close, Anderson and Roe perform Mozart’s concerto for two pianos. Anu Tali makes her RLPO debut with Bernstein, Tubin and Sibelius.
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Political Correctness on hold: Candide in Sydney

Annie Aitken (Cunegonde) © Grant Leslie
Voltaire and Bernstein's wilful political incorrectness make Candide a challenge to behold, but the Sydney Philharmonia meets them in a concert performance in the opera house.
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West Side Story in Kansas City: Broadway flair meets opera style

Vanessa Becerra (Maria) and Andrew Bidlack (Tony) © Elise Bakketun
Zambello's politically re-'woke' West Side Story comes to Kansas.
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Nelsons and the Boston Symphony stare into the abyss

Andris Nelsons conducts the Boston Symphony © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
Another Bernstein concerto-in-all-but-name followed by Shostakovich, this time with the Boston Symphony flexing their muscles. 
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List of works
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: Suite1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: Take Care of This HouseA Musical ToastA Quiet PlaceArias and BarcarollesBernstein DancesCandideCandide: Glitter and Be GayCandide: Make our Garden GrowCandide: excerptsCandide: overtureCandide: suiteChichester PsalmsDance Suite for Brass QuintetDivertimento for OrchestraDivertimento for String Orchestra: Turkey TrotDivertimento for String Orchestra: WaltzDybbukFacsimile - Choreographic Essay for OrchestraFancy FreeHalilI Hate MusicMassMass: three meditationsMissa BrevisMy HouseOn the TownOn the Town: I Can Cook, TooOn the Town: Three Dance EpisodesOn the Town: excerptsOn the WaterfrontOn the Waterfront, Symphonic SuitePeter PanPeter Pan: Dream with MePeter Pan: excerptsPiano TrioPiccola SerenataPrelude, Fugue and RiffsSerenade after Plato's "Symposium", for solo violin, strings, harp, and percussionSeven AnniversariesSilhouette (Galilee)Slava! A Political OvertureSo PrettySome Other TimeSonata for clarinet and pianoSongfestSongfest: A Julia de BurgosSymphony no. 1, "Jeremiah"Symphony no. 2, "The Age of Anxiety"Symphony no. 3 "Kaddish"TouchesTrouble in TahitiTrouble in Tahiti: Island MagicTrouble in Tahiti: What a Movie!Trouble in Tahiti: excerptsWest Side StoryWest Side Story: A boy like thatWest Side Story: I have a loveWest Side Story: MamboWest Side Story: MariaWest Side Story: One hand, one heartWest Side Story: OvertureWest Side Story: SomewhereWest Side Story: Suite no. 1West Side Story: Symphonic DancesWest Side Story: TonightWest Side Story: excerptsWest Side Story: suiteWest Side Story: suite no. 2Wonderful TownWonderful Town: excerpts