October 4-November 18, 2018
Wednesday - Sunday, noon - 5 p.m.
Thursday, noon - 8 p.m.
Dreitzer Gallery in the Spingold Theater Center
Additional materials in Slosberg Music Center and Shapiro Admissions Center.
Slosberg Music Center is open 9 a.m. - 11 p.m. Closed on University holidays.
Shapiro Admissions Center is open Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 11, 2018, 5-7 p.m.
Organized by the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, this exhibition will include artifacts and photographs — on loan from the composer’s family and other collections — that explore his life, Jewish identity and social activism.
Listen to Bernstein’s music and view excerpts from “West Side Story” and documentary films of Bernstein conducting.
Additional materials from the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections will document Bernstein’s time at Brandeis as a member of the music faculty and the Board of Trustees.
Free and open to the public. For information about group tours, please submit this form.
Please note: Slosberg Music Center and Shapiro Admissions Center are wheelchair accessible. Patrons must enter Dreitzer Gallery by a short flight of stairs.
Local support from the Office of the President; the Dean of Arts and Sciences; Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; Brandeis Library; Schusterman Center for Israel Studies; Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry; Mandel Center for the Humanities; Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies; Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program; American Studies Program; Department of Mathematics; Department of Physics; Vice Provost for Research; International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life; and Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education. We are grateful for the support of Robin Brooks ’57, F’12; Lisa B. Popowich and Jonathan B. Stein, P’12; and Robert Safron ’66 and Lynda Safron. In-kind support provided by Olsen Images and Terry Hanley Audio Systems Inc. Organized at Brandeis by Ingrid Schorr, Director, Office of the Arts. Curated by Ellen Smith, Associate Professor and director, Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program. Exhibition consultants: Kristin Parker and Hepzibah Rapoport ’12.
March 12, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
at the New England Conservatory: Burnes Hall
Leonard Bernstein’s identity as a composer and conductor was deeply influenced by a combination of his own Jewish heritage and the place of religion in 20th-century society and culture. The panel explored, with specific musical examples (particularly the Kaddish Symphony), the impact of those formative religious experiences and the wider existentialist doubt of life in the nuclear age on the man and his music. Presented by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Learn more about this event on the New England Conservatory’s website.
Brian McCreath, Producer of WCRB’s Boston Symphony Orchestra broadcasts
Jonathan D. Sarna, University Professor and Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History, Brandeis University
Joshua Jacobson, Founder & Director of Zamir Chorale, Professor of Music, Northeastern University
April 15, 2018, Noon
Slosberg Music Center
Music by Leonard Bernstein performed by Boston Lyric Opera, followed by a discussion of his opera “Trouble in Tahiti” with Boston Lyric Opera general and artistic director Esther Nelson; David Angus, director of the Boston Lyric Opera production of “Trouble”; and musicologist Georgia Luikens, MA ’10.
April 19, 2018, 8 p.m.
Slosberg Music Center
A cabaret-style concert narrated by Bernstein’s daughter, Nina Bernstein. The event featured Michael Boriskin, piano; John Musto, piano; and Amy Burton, soprano.
April 19, 2018, 9 p.m.
Great Lawn Tent
A celebration of the Festival of the Creative Arts founder Leonard Bernstein at 100 with cake and music under the tent. Featuring the premier performance of “Fanfare for One Hundred Blossoms” by Eric Chasalow, Irving Fine Professor of Music.
April 21, 2018, 8 p.m.
Slosberg Music Center
Premiere of a new work by Saad Haddad, the winner of the 2017 Lydian String Quartet commission prize.
April 22, 2018, at 7 p.m.
Slosberg Music Center
A concert version of Bernstein's “Mass,” performed by the Brandeis University Chorus, Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra and guest artists.
Free and open to the public.
Part of Brandeis Alumni Weekend: Alumni College
June 8, 2018, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Spingold Theater Center
Brandeis celebrated Leonard Bernstein at 100 with a tribute session on his acclaimed work, West Side Story, still iconic 60 years later. A cultural zeitgeist, West Side Story broke new ground by bringing race, class, and love to the Broadway stage, all set to Bernstein's electrifying musical score. This panel brought together Brandeis scholars from across the disciplines to discuss the continuing relevance of West Side Story today.
All attendees are invited to join us as we celebrate the life and work of Leonard Bernstein.
June 20, 2018, 6 to 9 p.m.
Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles
A tour of the exhibition Leonard Bernstein at 100, which followed a cocktail reception and a conversation with Ingrid Schorr, director of the Office of the Arts, who discussed Bernstein’s relationship with Brandeis. Organized by the Grammy Museum, this retrospective of Leonard Bernstein's life draws from more than 150 photographs, personal items, papers, scores, correspondence, costumes, furniture and films, including Bernstein's childhood piano, on loan from Brandeis.
June 25, 2018, Noon to 1 p.m.
Jonathan D. Sarna ’75, MA ’75, University Professor and the Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History, explored the early years and influences of the acclaimed American composer and conductor.
This lecture placed Leonard Bernstein within the context of the Boston Jewish community in which he was raised. It was at Boston’s Congregation Mishkan Tefila, the family’s synagogue, where Bernstein first encountered serious music. He was particularly influenced by Prof. Solomon Gregory Braslavsky, the music director and organist of Mishkan Tefila, whose influence on the young Bernstein was far greater than previously recognized. In 1973, Bernstein wrote to Braslavsky, “[I] never forget the tremendous influence you and your music made on me when I was a youngster.” Bernstein meant what he said.