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2018 Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts to celebrate its namesake's centennial

Leonard Bernstein conducting at a rehearsal for the premiere of "Trouble in Tahiti" at the Brandeis Creative Arts Festival. (Courtesy of the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University)
Leonard Bernstein conducting at a rehearsal for the premiere of "Trouble in Tahiti" at the inaugural Brandeis Creative Arts Festival in 1952. (Courtesy of the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University)

2018 marks what would have been the 100th birthday of legendary composer, conductor and former Brandeis faculty member Leonard Bernstein, who taught at the University from 1951 to 1956. 

This year, the Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts, held on April 15-22, will honor his memory with special programming devoted to his legacy as an artist, educator and activist. This annual event founded by the "West Side Story" composer showcases nationally acclaimed performers and visual artists together with music, dance, theater, film and artwork by more than 300 Brandeis students, faculty and alumni. 

Featured events include:

  • Boston Lyric Opera Presents Bernstein: A short concert of Leonard Bernstein's music, including songs from his “Trouble in Tahiti,” which premiered at Brandeis in 1952. Free and open to the public. Sunday, April 15, noon, Slosberg Music Center.
  • "Late Night with Leonard Bernstein," a cabaret-style concert narrated by his daughter, Nina Bernstein. This event is free but ticketed. Tickets available at Brandeis Tickets in Shapiro Campus Center or by calling 781-736-3400. (No online orders.) Thursday, April 19, 8 pm, Slosberg Music Center. 
  • "Love and Death, Part 2": The Lydian String Quartet performs Beethoven's String Quartet in F major, Op. 8, No. 2; Janacek's String Quartet No. 2, "Intimate Letters"; and the world premiere of a work for the quartet by Saad Haddad, the winner of the 2017 Lydian String Quartet commission prize. Tickets: $20/$15/$5. Saturday, April 21, 8 pm, Slosberg Music Center.
  • Concert version of Bernstein's “Mass”: Brandeis University Chorus, Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra and guest artists. Free and open to the public. Sunday, April 22, 7 pm, Slosberg Music Center.

Learn more about the 2018 Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts here.

Categories: Campus News
Date: March 29, 2018