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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
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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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LucerneNational Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain

Gregson, Handel, Hesketh, Bernstein, Arnold, Gorb, Walton
Glenn D. Price; National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain

LübeckPreisträgerkonzert Leonard Bernstein Award

Bernstein, Korngold
Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra; Wayne Marshall; Charles Yang

MinneapolisWest Side Story

Bernstein: West Side Story
Unknown; Guthrie Opera Theatre Company

CooperstownWest Side Story

Bernstein: West Side Story
Glimmerglass Opera

Hong KongSymphonic Jazz with Georg Breinschmid & Friends

Symphonic Jazz with Georg Breinschmid & Friends
Bartók, Bernstein
Hong Kong Sinfonietta; Roderick Dunk; Georg Breinschmid; Florian Willeitner; Antoni Donchev

MelbourneBernstein On Broadway

Bernstein
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; Bramwell Tovey; Sarah Fox; Liane Keegan; Michael Petruccelli; Brett Polegato
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Superlative playing from the John Wilson Orchestra

Mikaela Bennett and Ross Lekites © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
The effervescent John Wilson and his orchestra make Bernstein's musical sparks fly.
***11
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Saluti da Roma as Pappano conducts Bernstein and Mahler

Sir Antonio Pappano conducts the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
Sir Antonio Pappano and his Santa Cecilia Orchestra display their collective strengths in first symphonies by Bernstein and Mahler.
****1
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Rattle and the LSO make their Edinburgh Festival debut together

Sir Simon Rattle rehearsing with the LSO © Ryan Buchanan
Rattle excels in Dvořák and Janáček, but his rehabilitation of Bernstein stalls.
****1
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Prom 31: An all-American concert from Minnesota Orchestra and Vänskä

Osmo Vänskä © BBC | Chris Chistodoulou
The Minnesota Orchestra’s visit offered a chance to hear Gershwin’s Piano Concerto and Ives’ Symphony no. 2, though the former suffered somewhat from an absence of spark.
***11
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A praiseworthy Chichester Psalms from Minnesota Orchestra

Minnesota Orchestra © Isaac Risseeuw
The Minnesota Chorale does Leonard Bernstein and Sir William Walton proud, with the Bernstein Chichester Psalms a particularly impressive presentation.  
***11
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List of works
13 Anniversaries1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: Take Care of This HouseArias and BarcarollesBernstein DancesCandideCandide: Glitter and Be GayCandide: excerptsCandide: overtureCandide: suiteChichester PsalmsConch TownDance Suite for Brass QuintetDivertimento for OrchestraDivertimento for String Orchestra: Turkey TrotDivertimento for String Orchestra: WaltzDybbukEasyFacsimile - Choreographic Essay for OrchestraFancy FreeFancy Free: Big StuffFive AnniversariesFour AnniversariesHalilHashkiveinuI Hate MusicLa Bonne Cuisine, 4 recipes for voice and pianoMassMass: Simple songMass: three meditationsMissa BrevisMy Twelve-Tone MelodyOn the TownOn the Town: Three Dance EpisodesOn the Town: excerptsOn the WaterfrontOn the Waterfront, Symphonic SuitePeter PanPeter Pan: Peter, PeterPeter Pan: excerptsPiano SonataPiano TrioPrelude, Fugue and RiffsSerenade after Plato's "Symposium", for solo violin, strings, harp, and percussionSerenade after Plato's SymposiumSeven AnniversariesShivareeSilhouette (Galilee)Slava! A Political OvertureSome Other TimeSomething to Dance AboutSonata for clarinet and pianoSongfestSongfest: A Julia de BurgosSuite from West Side Story (arr. for two pianos by I. Kostal)Symphony 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: excerptsTwo Love SongsVariations on an Octatonic ScaleWest Side StoryWest Side Story SuiteWest Side Story: A boy like thatWest Side Story: AmericaWest Side Story: CoolWest 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: suiteWonderful TownWonderful Town: excerpts