The Leonard Bernstein Office in New York has announced that it will celebrate the life and career of the late cultural icon Leonard Bernstein over a two-year global celebration that will feature more than 1,000 events on six different continents. As previously announced, the Leonard Bernstein at 100 celebration will kick off in September at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Events will take place throughout the U.S., and in London, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, Prague, Rome, Budapest, Warsaw, Japan, China, India, Brazil, Australia, South Africa, and Israel, among others. His musicals will also be revived throughout the world, including international tours of two different productions of West Side Story and productions of Wonderful Town in Germany and Austria.
Following the launch of Leonard Bernstein at 100 in D.C., the New York Philharmonic will launch its own centennial celebration in October with Bernstein’s Serenade (after Plato’s Symposium) and his Symphony No. 1, “Jeremiah.” In the same month, the Philadelphia Orchestra will perform Bernstein’s Symphonic Suite from On the Waterfront and Symphonic Dances from West Side Story at Carnegie Hall.
Exhibitions are planned in multiple cities, including the previously announced event at the Grammy Museum in D.C., which will feature more than 150 photographs, personal items, scores, correspondence, costumes, and films, along with multi-media presentations and interactive displays. Following the Kennedy Center, the exhibition will move on to venues in New York, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Portland, and Tulsa. In addition, the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia will mount “Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music.”
For the complete calendar of events, visit LeonardBernstein.com/News/Calendar.