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Charl-Johan Lingenfelder, conductor/Matthew Wild, director/Louisa Talbot, choreographer
University of Chichester
Kansas City Symphony/Michael Stern
Boston Symphony, Tanglewood Festival Chorus & American Boychoir/Giancarlo Guerrero
Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra/Daniel Brier
"Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music" is the first large-scale museum exhibition to illustrate Leonard Bernstein’s life, Jewish identity, and social activism. Audiences may be familiar with many of Bernstein’s works, notably West Side Story, but not necessarily with how he responded to the political and social crises of his day. Visitors will find an individual who expressed the restlessness, anxiety, fear, and hope of an American Jew living through World War II and the Holocaust, Vietnam, and turbulent social change—what Bernstein referred to as his “search for a solution to the 20th‐century crisis of faith.” The exhibition will explore his Jewish identity and social activism in the context of his position as an American conductor and his works as a composer. It will feature interactive media and sound installations along with 100+ historic artifacts, including Bernstein’s piano, marked-up scores, conducting suit, annotated copy of Romeo and Juliet used for the development of West Side Story, personal family Judaica, composing easel, and a number of objects from his studio. Image: Leonard Bernstein, 1956. © Made available online with permission of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Friedman-Abeles, Billy Rose Theatre Collection. Astor, Lenox, and Tilden Foundations.