Leonard Bernstein is one of the most widely performed composers of the 20th-century * Works successfully bridge divide between classical and popular idioms * Music combines jazz-inspired energy, theatrical panache and active stylistic eclecticism * Acclaimed stage works include West Side Story, On the Town and Candide * Dance collaborations with Jerome Robbins including Fancy Free, Facsimile and The Dybbuk * One of the most admired conductors of the post-war era, particularly associated with the New York, Israel and Vienna Philharmonics, Boston and London Symphony Orchestras and Tanglewood Festival * Important role as an educator, including pioneering work on television * Output recorded extensively on Sony and Deutsche Grammophon
Works by Leonard Bernstein include:
Symphony No.2 'The Age of Anxiety' (1949) for piano and orchestra
Candide (1956/88) Comic operetta in two acts
Symphonic Dances from 'West Side Story' (1960) for orchestra
Mass (1971) A theatre piece for singers, players and dancers
The Leonard Bernstein Centennial is celebrated throughout the 2018-2019 season, with series and special programming being planned by artists and presenters all over the world.
Atlanta Symphony continues centennial celebrations throughout its spring season, including performances of Chichester Psalms, Three Meditations from MASS, and Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. Additional centennial programming is taking place at Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and The Philadelphia Orchestra, who presents an orchestral staging of Candide as its capstone celebration of the centennial.
For full details of centennial events visit leonardbernstein.com/at100
"Bernstein's music is cross-over without compromise, a corpus of work that simply had to be." — Independent