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LEONARD BERNSTEIN AT 100: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 2017-2018 by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will launch a yearlong centennial celebration of late composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein, entitled Leonard Bernstein at 100 beginning September 21, 2017.

Leonard Bernstein. Photograph by Gordon Parks, New York, 1956.

The multitude of presentations will feature Broadway stars, the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington National Opera, NSO Pops, American Ballet Theatre, and more. The celebration will launch with the opening of a Leonard Bernstein at 100 exhibition, curated by the Grammy Museum, which will be on display through November. Attendees can expect to enjoy 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.

On September 22, 2017, day two: Bernstein on Broadway concert in the Eisenhower Theater in Washington, D.C. will feature a host of Broadway talent, under the direction of Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall and music director Rob Fisher, performing songs from West Side Story, Wonderful Town, Candide, and more. On September 24, 2017 National Symphony Orchestra Gala will be headlined by Tony Award winner Cynthia Erivo, famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and conductor Gianandrea Noseda; three concert performances of West Side Story will run February 14, 16, and 17, 2018, led by NSO Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke and featuring the NSO Pops and soloists to be announced at a later time; the Glimmerglass Festival production of Bernstein’s biting satire Candide will be presented May 5-26, 2018 at the Washington National Opera with direction by WNO Artistic Director Francesca Zambello.

“It’s fitting that the national celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s centennial starts here,” said Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter in a statement. “Bernstein was closely associated with the national cultural center before it was even named for our 35th president—he served as Master of Ceremonies at a gala fundraising concert for the Center in 1962, and also led its inaugural concert on September 8, 1971. That performance, honoring the late President Kennedy, featured the premiere of Bernstein’s Mass, a work commissioned for the opening. We hope that this wide-ranging celebration honoring Bernstein—the artist, the educator, the humanitarian—reflects his innumerable contributions to music and society.”

Grammy Award and Tony Award winner Leonard Bernstein (August 25, 1918 – October 14, 1990) was an American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, and pianist. He was among the first conductors born and educated in the US to receive worldwide acclaim. His fame derived from his long tenure as the music director of the New York Philharmonic, from his conducting of concerts with most of the world’s leading orchestras, and from his music for West Side Story, Peter Pan, Candide, Wonderful Town, On the Town, On the Waterfront, and Mass (with Stephen Schwartz; commissioned by Jacqueline Kennedy; 1971). His other compositions include three symphonies, three operas, orchestral, chamber, ballet, film, and theatre music, choral works, vocal music, solo works, and pieces for the piano. Bernstein was the first conductor to give a series of television lectures on classical music, starting in 1954 and continuing until his death. He was a skilled pianist, often conducting piano concertos from the keyboard. Many of his works are regularly performed around the world, although none has matched the tremendous popular and critical success of West Side Story.

Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1951
Sonning Award, Denmark, 1965
Ditson Conductor’s Award, 1958
George Peabody Medal – Johns Hopkins University, 1980
Ernst von Siemens Music Prize, 1987
Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medal, UK, 1987
Knight Grand Cross Order of Merit, Italy, 1989
Grammy Award for Best Album for Children
Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance
Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance
Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording
Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Performance
Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance
Grammy Award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition
Grammy Award for Best Classical Album
Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
Tony Award for Best Musical
Special Tony Award
Japan Arts Association Lifetime Achievement Award
Gramophone Hall of Fame entrant
Commandeur de la Légion d’honneur, France, 1986
Leonard Bernstein is also a member of both the American Theater Hall of Fame, and the Television Hall of Fame. In 2015 he was inducted into the Legacy Walk.

Leonard Bernstein presents 7-year-old Yo-Yo Ma’s high-profile debut for President John F. Kennedy:

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Sources: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Wikipedia

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