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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
June 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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SevilleReal Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla: La edad de la ansiedad

Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla: La edad de la ansiedad
Ives, Bernstein, Shostakovich
Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla; John Axelrod; Markus Schirmer

RheinbergKlavierfestval Ruhr: Dennis Russell Davies & Maki Namekawa

Maki Namekawa; Dennis Russell Davies

RichmondWest Side Story

Bernstein: West Side Story

LeipzigStravinsky, Copland, Carter, Bernstein

Stravinsky, Copland, Carter, Bernstein
Stravinsky, Copland, Carter, Bernstein
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra; Andris Nelsons; Thomas Hampson; Jörg Widmann

BilbaoI Hate Music: Ainhoa Arteta

Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa; Karl-Heinz Steffens; Ainhoa Arteta; Rubén Fernández Aguirre; Michal Friedlander; Sociedad Coral de Bilbao

Kansas CitySeason Finale Fantastique with Bernstein

Bernstein, Berlioz
Kansas City Symphony; Michael Stern; Ran Dank
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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.  
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Joyful, showy Bernstein at Cadogan Hall

Stéphane Denève © Uwe Ditz
Exuberance and reflection from the Brussels Philharmonic in a celebration of Leonard Bernstein.
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Escape to the country: Bernstein's Candide at Iford

Candide © Mitzi de Margary Photography
Jeff Clarke's characteristically high-octane style seems made for the sarcastic, hyperactive existential madness that is Candide in this little gem of a production for Iford. 
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At Prague Spring, a light tribute to a heavyweight

Keith Lockhart conducts the Czech Philharmonic © Prague Spring | Petra Hajská
The Czech Philharmonic goes pops for a night to honor the life and legacy of Leonard Bernstein.
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Radulović's Barber the highlight at NFM Wrocław

Nemanja Radulović © Joanna Stoga
Eiji Oue doesn't quite convince in Bernstein and Copland, but Samuel Barber's Violin Concerto proves a winner. 
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List of works
13 Anniversaries1600 Pennsylvania Avenue1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: Take Care of This HouseA Quiet PlaceArias and BarcarollesCandideCandide: Glitter and Be GayCandide: overtureCandide: suiteChichester PsalmsConch TownDivertimento for OrchestraDivertimento for String Orchestra: Turkey TrotDivertimento for String Orchestra: WaltzEasyFacsimile - Choreographic Essay for OrchestraFancy FreeFancy Free: Big StuffFive AnniversariesFour AnniversariesHalilHashkiveinuI Hate MusicLa Bonne Cuisine, 4 recipes for voice and pianoLa Bonne Cuisine: Rabbit at Top SpeedMassMass: three meditationsMissa BrevisOn the TownOn the Town: Three Dance EpisodesOn the Waterfront, Symphonic SuiteOpening PrayerPeter PanPeter Pan: Dream with MePeter Pan: Peter, PeterPiano TrioPiccola SerenataPrelude, Fugue and RiffsSerenade after Plato's "Symposium", for solo violin, strings, harp, and percussionSerenade after Plato's SymposiumSeven AnniversariesSilhouette (Galilee)Slava! A Political OvertureSomething to Dance AboutSonata for clarinet and pianoSongfestSymphony no. 1, "Jeremiah"Symphony no. 2, "The Age of Anxiety"Symphony no. 3 "Kaddish"TouchesTrouble in TahitiTrouble in Tahiti: What a Movie!Variations on an Octatonic ScaleWarm-UpWest Side StoryWest Side Story SuiteWest Side Story: A boy like thatWest Side Story: AmericaWest Side Story: CoolWest Side Story: Dance at the GymWest Side Story: I Feel PrettyWest Side Story: I have a loveWest Side Story: MamboWest Side Story: MariaWest Side Story: One hand, one heartWest Side Story: OvertureWest Side Story: SelectionsWest Side Story: SomewhereWest Side Story: Suite no. 1West Side Story: Symphonic DancesWest Side Story: TonightWest Side Story: suiteWonderful TownWonderful Town: A Hundred Easy Ways to Lose a ManYigdal