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4 Feb 2016

Leonard Bernstein has been inducted into Carnegie Hall's Digital Hall of Fame 2015! The Carnegie Hall Digital Hall of Fame 2015 represents the inaugural year of an annual celebration in which we recognize individuals intrinsic to the founding and continued existence of the Hall and whose lives or careers are inextricably woven into the fabric of the Hall's 125-year history.

See more at: www.carnegiehall.org
28 Jan 2016

"What Makes It Great?" From "On the Town" to "West Side Story" - Theater Songs of Leonard Bernstein at the Kaufman Music Center in New York City on Monday, February 8th.

Hosted by NPR Commentator/Conductor/Pianist Rob Kapilow
Featuring Broadway stars Sally Wilfert (Assassins) & Michael Winther (Mamma Mia!)

Today it seems incomprehensible that Leonard Bernstein endured brutal criticism for throwing away his talent on Broadway musicals like On the Town and West Side Story. His attempts to bring a classical compositional technique into the world of the popular theater ruffled more than a few feathers, and though Bernstein expected other classical composers to follow his lead, his extraordinary blend of the serious and the popular remains unique in Broadway history. Host Rob Kapilow explores Bernstein's attempts to reimagine the possibilities of musical theater in a program that will forever change the way you see Tony and Maria!

See more at: www.kaufmanmusiccenter.org
17 Dec 2015

Arlington, Virginia's Signature Theatre has released production photos from its ongoing production of the classic Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, and Arthur Laurents musical West Side Story. The cast of 30 is joined by a 17-piece orchestra in a run that concludes January 24, 2016.

See more at: www.theatermania.com
19 Nov 2015

Carol J. Oja's Bernstein Meets Broadway: Collaborative Art in a Time of War won the American Musicological Music in American Culture Award. This award was first presented in 2009 and each year honors a book of exceptional merit that both illuminates some important aspect of the music of the United States and places that music in a rich cultural context.

See more at: www.ams-net.org
19 Nov 2015

Tune in at 1pm on Saturday, November 21st for Leonard Bernstein's Candide, the final broadcast from the 2015 Glimmerglass Festival. This glittering production stars Andrew Stenson as Candide, Kathryn Lewek as Cunegonde, and veteran actor David Garrison as Voltaire & Pangloss. Host Naomi Lewin talks to the cast during the intermission, including conversations with Andrew Stenson, David Garrison, Joseph Colaneri, Marietta Simpson, Kathryn Lewek, and Glimmerglass Artistic & General Director Francesca Zambello.

See more at: www.wqxr.org
2 Nov 2015

Scorsese and Paramount are developing a biopic of composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein that Scorsese will direct and produce, along with Fred Berner and Amy Durning for Fred Berner Films, from a screenplay by Josh Singer (“Spotlight”).

See more at: www.variety.com
28 Oct 2015

In celebration of Carnegie Hall’s 125th anniversary season, the Weill Music Institute (WMI) launches The Somewhere Project, a citywide exploration of West Side Story. This unique creative learning project will engage people through events in all five boroughs of New York City, anchored by a large-scale production of West Side Story. In March 2016, three performances of this iconic work with music by Leonard Bernstein will take place at the Knockdown Center, a restored factory in Queens, and feature professional artists in lead roles, with students and community members from around the city on stage. Marin Alsop, a former protégée of Bernstein’s and a visionary leader of education projects, will conduct and Amanda Dehnert, a nationally renowned theater director, will lead the production. Experiencing West Side Story as a celebration of community and music will encourage artists and audiences to consider the work’s timeless themes, inviting them to embrace the vision of New York City as a “place for us.”

See more at: www.carnegiehall.org
23 Sep 2015

The New York Philharmonic presented the world premiere of a live performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Academy Award-nominated score for the iconic 1954 film, On the Waterfront. David Newman, the conductor and composer of over 100 film scores, conducted the performance, at which the complete film will be screened.  This was preceded by remarks by actor Alec Baldwin, the orchestra’s radio host, who introduced Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne, who spoke on the film and its music. Mr. Newman and the Philharmonic will offer the same program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor on October 11, while the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will perform the same program, conducted by Richard Kaufman, in Chicago on October 23.

See more at: www.forbes.com
8 Sep 2015

Andrew McGregor of BBC Radio 3 is joined by Jamie Bernstein, and Nigel Simeone, editor of The Leonard Bernstein Letters, to talk about Bernstein's music for stage and screen.  One subject is how Bernstein rarely discarded music, but incorporated unused musical materials in future compositions – songs from Candide into West Side Story, and West Side Story into Chichester Psalms.

Recorded at the Royal College of Music in London and broadcast on September 5th.

See more at: www.bbc.co.uk
24 Aug 2015

The Metropolitan Opera’s annual Summer HD Festival will open on Friday, August 28 at 8 p.m. with a special presentation of the classic 1961 movie musical West Side Story. The film, which won 10 Academy Awards and features a score by Leonard Bernstein, is largely set in the neighborhood where Lincoln Center now stands. This screening is co-presented with the Film Society of Lincoln Center, which also co-presented the Met’s screening of Moonstruck last summer.

See more at: www.lincolncenter.org
18 Aug 2015

In 1958, Leonard Bernstein tried to wean the New York Philharmonic from evening dress on Thursdays, but he soon dropped the new, relaxed uniforms, dismissing them as “Bernstein’s folly.”

-Michael Cooper, The New York Times

See more at: www.nytimes.com
5 Aug 2015

Actress and singer Rita Moreno, who starred as Anita in the film West Side Story, and Maestro Seiji Ozawa, former assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic under Leonard Bernstein, will be honored at the Kennedy Center's 38th annual national celebration of the arts on Sunday, December 6, 2015. The gala will be broadcast on CBS December 29, 2015 at 9:00pm ET/PT.

See more at: www.kennedy-center.org
5 Aug 2015

The Big Apple comes to Waltham in Leonard Bernstein’s rhythmic and soaring musical comedy. The Tony Award-winning musical comedy centers around the sassy and brassy Ruth Sherwood and her demure sister who move from Ohio to New York to fulfill their dreams!

See more at: www.reaglemusictheatre.com
9 Jul 2015

TurningPointPress has recently published a collection of photographs and quotes entitled Leonard Bernstein: An Album of Family & Friends: From the Archive of Personal Photos by John Jonas Gruen, by John Jonas Gruen, with Foreword by Jamie Bernstein and Introduction by Sam Swasey.

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20 Apr 2015

Carnegie Hall concert to feature the Oratorio Society of New York in Chichester Psalms alongside Carmina Burana: Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 8:00 p.m.

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17 Apr 2015

Tacoma Symphony Orchestra's new Music Director, Maestra Sarah Ioannides, to conduct University of Puget Sound Symphony in Bernstein's Overture to Candide: 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 24, 2015, Schneebeck Concert Hall, Takoma, Washington

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9 Apr 2015

Chichester Psalms: Leonard Bernstein's "Psalms of Youth," 50 Years and counting....

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8 Apr 2015

50th Anniversary of "Chichester Psalms": a Trans-Atlantic Collaboration between Princeton and Aberdeen,  4/11/2015 in Princeton, NJ; 4/12/2015 in New York, NY

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4 Apr 2015

"West Side Story" in Westchester: 4/9/2015-7/5/2015, Westchester Broadway Theater, Elmsford, New York

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3 Apr 2015

Get "Carried Away" with "On The Town" star Elizabeth Stanley on Monday, 4/6/2015, at Birdland, New York, NY

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