Leonard Bernstein Works for Smaller Ensembles

For Live Performance under Social Distancing Regulations

As presenters and performers continue to contend with restrictions imposed by coronavirus and the performing arts search for ways to restart, Leonard Bernsteinl's innovative scores offer a wide range of audience-pleasers. In both theaters and concert halls, producers may choose from a myriad of compositions--in original orchestrations or in authorized arrangements--that call for smaller ensembles and simplify the process of resuming live performances.

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The Leonard Bernstein Office (LBO) sustains and strengthens Leonard Bernstein’s legacy by inspiring global engagement with his work as a composer, conductor, educator, and humanitarian. Through licensing, promotion, music editing, and publishing, the LBO strives to communicate his lifelong devotion to the transformative power and joy of music.

Thus Spake Leonard Bernstein:

“And what have teachers got to do with music? The answer is: everything.

We can all think of a self-taught painter or writer, but it is almost impossible to imagine a professional musician who doesn't owe something to one teacher or another. The trouble is that we don't always realize how important teachers are, in music or in anything else. Teaching is probably the noblest profession in the world — the most unselfish, difficult, and honorable profession. It is also the most unappreciated, underrated, underpaid, and underpraised profession in the world.”

-Leonard Bernstein, 1983
“A Tribute to Teachers”
Young People’s Concert

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