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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
April 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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HalifaxRhapsody in Blue

Gershwin, Bernstein
Symphony Nova Scotia; Bernhard Gueller; Peter Allen

Cape TownWest Side Story

Bernstein: West Side Story

San DiegoRach 3

Bernstein, Rachmaninov, Shostakovich
San Diego Symphony; Jahja Ling; Behzod Abduraimov

SpokaneWest Side Story

Bernstein: West Side Story
Spokane Symphony Orchestra; Jorge Luis Uzcategui; Unknown

Los AlamosLeonard Bernstein Tribute & More

Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra; Unknown

CincinnatiBernstein Centennial

Bernstein, Gershwin, Ives
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; Cristian Măcelaru; Jean-Yves Thibaudet
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A Boston Symphony performance marked by Mahler’s shadow

Andris Nelsons © Marco Borggreve
At Carnegie Hall Jean-Yves Thibaudet successfully brought forward the mercurial character of Bernstein's music, while Andris Nelsons highlighted details in Shostakovich. 
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Adelaide Symphony’s Master Series launches with Saint-Saëns

Nicholas Carter © Annette Koroll
A marvellous Saint-Saëns “Organ Symphony” makes great use of the Adelaide Town Hall organ. 
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Philadelphia brought to life in Machover première

Yannick Nézet-Séguin © Hans van der Woerd
A première of Machover's latest City Symphony leaves its mark beyond works by Bernstein and Mussorgsky. 
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A fine performance of Bernstein's Serenade in Atlanta

Robert McDuffie © Giovanni Canitano
Violinist Robert McDuffie performs a polished Bernstein Serenade (after Plato's "Symposium") in Atlanta
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Schumann, Rachmaninov and Bernstein: all in the rush of spring

Denis Matsuev © Columbia Artist Management
The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Jansons treated the Lucerne Festival audience to works by Schumann and Bernstein. But it was pianist Matsuev’s Rachmaninov that electrified the hall.
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