Celebrate 100 Years of Leonard Bernstein With These Festivals

By Shivani Vora - The New York Times
May 23, 2018

Whether you’re a fan of show tunes, operas or classical music, the name Leonard Bernstein likely rings a familiar melody. The composer, conductor and educator, who died in 1990, would have turned 100 on Aug. 25, and events to commemorate his centennial, collectively called “Leonard Bernstein at 100,” are happening all over the world in 2018, from Vancouver to Vienna.

Bernstein’s three children, Jamie, Alex and Nina, co-own Leonard Bernstein Office, Inc., and according to their research, there are some 3,000 celebrations honoring their father this year. The majority of them take place during the summer, and a full, searchable calendar is available on their website so you can find an event near you.

“The diversity of the events is incredible,” Jamie Bernstein said. “There are symposiums at universities, exhibits and film festivals. Opera and theater companies, ballet houses and orchestras are also participating.” She added that her and her siblings are traveling to as many of the celebrations as possible.

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