This year kicks off Leonard Bernstein at 100, a two-year global celebration of the life and career of Leonard Bernstein. We've rounded up the events on campus that aim to honor the legendary composer and conductor.
American Ballet Theatre: October 21, 27, 29
Serenade after Plato's 'Symposium' at David H. Koch Theater
This ballet is an abstract exploration of some of the themes that Plato investigated with his Symposium. In Plato's original text, a group of men convene and deliver speeches on the topic of love, with each man bringing a unique perspective to the proceedings. They explore how love can help the soul to understand truth in the pursuit of wisdom and beauty. Music by Leonard Bernstein.
New York Philharmonic: October 25 – November 14
Bernstein's Philharmonic: A Centennial Festival at David Geffen Hall
The New York Philharmonic pays tribute to their former Music Director, Leonard Bernstein, in his 100th birthday year, with his very own orchestra performing his complete symphonic works. Conducted by Alan Gilbert and Leonard Slatkin.
Inspirations and Tributes: "Celebrating Leonard Bernstein" at David Geffen Hall
Discover Leonard Bernstein’s profound contributions as composer, conductor, and educator—the host of the Young People’s Concerts in their influential television broadcasts from 1958 to 1971.
Inside the Orchestra: Working with Bernstein at David Rubenstein Atrium
New York Philharmonic musicians past and present reflect on the influential former music director as conductor and colleague.
The Chamber Music Society: October 29
Arias and Barcarolles at Alice Tully Hall
A not-to-be-missed cast of exceptional artists collaborates for a unique program of spirited vocal and instrumental chamber works. Join them for an exhilarating concert experience, and learn the humorous story connecting Bernstein's work with President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
West Point Band: October 29
Profonation from Symphony No. 1: Jeremiah at David Geffen Hall
Experience this once in a lifetime chance to celebrate the West Point Band's 200 years of service to the United States Military Academy, the Army, and the nation. Be immersed in two centuries of American music with a multimedia experience that explores the band's storied history from its founding to today. Under the baton of the band's commander Tod Addison, the West Point Band will present Leonard Bernstein's electrifying Profanation.
Jazz at Lincoln Center: November 7, 9–11, 17–19
Sonata for Clarinet and Piano at Frederick P. Rose Hall
Leonard Bernstein at 100 Frederick P. Rose Hall
Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band: West Side Story at 60 Reimagined at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
This 40th Birthday Concert and Gala crackles with the energy of American Composers Orchestra's legacy and future. From orchestral jazz to funk to beloved songbook standards, including Leonard Bernstein's Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, this program celebrates everything American music is and can be. Then the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra offers a truly unique celebration of Leonard Bernstein, and Bobby Sanabria reimagines Bernstein's West Side Story.
The Juilliard School: November 16
Symphonic Dances from West Side Story at Alice Tully Hall
The Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra performs works by Mozart, Bernstein, and more. Conducted by Adam Glaser.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts: December 9–20
Leonard Bernstein at 100 at the NYPL for Performing Arts
Drawing from more than 150 photographs, personal items, papers, scores, correspondence, costumes, furniture, and films, Leonard Bernstein at 100 marks the official exhibit of the centennial and is the most comprehensive retrospective of Bernstein's life and career ever staged in a museum setting.
New York Philharmonic: December 31
New Year's Eve: Bernstein on Broadway at David Geffen Hall
From the dynamic rhythms of West Side Story to the brashness of sailors on leave in On the Town and the sweet duets of New York newcomers in Wonderful Town, Leonard Bernstein's Broadway musicals ran the gamut. This New Year's Eve celebration toasts the beloved Laureate Conductor's 100th birthday with musical favorites, led by the engaging conductor and raconteur Bramwell Tovey.