Bernstein Festival

Leonard Bernstein at 100 is the worldwide celebration of the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein, the composer, conductor, educator, musician, cultural ambassador and humanitarian.


Join us as we celebrate with 4 special programs!

FRI MAY 4 | 8pm
SUN MAY 6 | 2pm

DANCES, SUITES AND SERENADES

Fabien Gabel, conductor
Simone Lamsma, violin

BERNSTEIN: Three Dance Variations from Fancy Free
BERNSTEIN: Serenade
R. STRAUSS: Suite from Der Rosenkavalier
OFFENBACH: Selections from Gaîté parisienne

Our month-long salute to Leonard Bernstein’s Centennial kicks off with one of Bernstein’s great early successes, his music to the ballet Fancy Free. One of the leading young violinists in the world, Simone Lamsma, performs Bernstein’s unusually scored Serenade, a work inspired by Plato’s famous Symposium on the subject of love. The concert closes with a couple of richly textured suites from the lively opera/operetta worlds of Richard Strauss and Jacques Offenbach.

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TUES MAY 8 | 7:30pm

Bernstein and Beethoven with Orli Shaham

Special Guest: Orli Shaham, piano

Pianist Orli Shaham, who has been acclaimed for her flawless technique, reflective grace and subtlety of touch, returns to the Chamber Music Series for our season finale, part of our month-long Bernstein Centennial celebration.

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FRI MAY 11 | 8pm
SAT MAY 12 | 8pm
SUN MAY 13 | 2pm

Barber, Bernstein, Beethoven

Jahja Ling, conductor
Kelley O'Connor, mezzo-soprano 
Martin Helmchen, piano

BARBER: Adagio for Strings
BERNSTEIN: Symphony No. 1: Jeremiah
BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 5: Emperor

Our update of the famous “BBB” classical formula opens with Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings, a work of great power ripe for rediscovery in the concert hall setting. Next is Leonard Bernstein’s Jeremiah Symphony, written in 1944 when the composer was 24 years old and desperate to call out Fascism’s destructive ascendency in Europe. Ludwig van Beethoven, too, had escape from military oppression on his mind as he wrote his glorious Emperor piano concerto while his former hero, Napoleon, laid siege to Beethoven’s Vienna. The Emperor concludes our program.

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FRI MAY 25 | 8pm
SAT MAY 26 | 8pm
SUN MAY 27 | 2pm 

Season Finale with Edo De Waart

Edo de Waart, conductor
Christina and Michelle Naughton, duo piano

BERNSTEIN: Overture to Candide
POULENC: Concerto for Two Pianos
BRAHMS: Symphony No. 2

Our Leonard Bernstein Centennial celebration concludes with “Lenny’s” quintessential curtain-raiser, the overture to Candide. Maestro de Waart welcomes the Naughton sisters, the most acclaimed piano duo on today’s classical circuit, for Francis Poulenc’s famous Concerto for Two Pianos, a charming and agreeable work with a strong suggestion of Mozart at its sparkling heart. Finally, the season closes with Johannes Brahms’ Second Symphony, a work of supreme control that grows from a focused, serious beginning to a wonderfully bright and brassy finale.

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