Upcoming Events

March 12, 2018, 6:30 pm
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 will explore, 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

Boston Lyric Opera: Bernstein Concert and “Trouble in Tahiti” Panel

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.

Free and open to the public.

Late Night with Leonard Bernstein

April 19, 2018, 8 p.m.
Slosberg Music Center

“Late Night with Leonard Bernstein” is a cabaret-style concert narrated by his daughter, Nina Bernstein. Featuring Michael Boriskin, piano; John Musto, piano; and Amy Burton, soprano.

Free and open to the public. Tickets required and are available at Brandeis Tickets. Tickets may be reserved by phone, 781-736-3400, or picked up in-person. For complete details, see Brandeis Tickets.

Lydian String Quartet Concert Featuring the Premiere of a New Work by Saad Haddad

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.

Tickets: $20; $15 for Brandeis community and seniors; $5 for students; available at Brandeis Tickets.

Bernstein's “Mass”

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.

Past Events

March 7, 2018, 6 to 9 p.m.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Alumni Club of New York City

Join us for a lively discussion with Steve Whitfield, PhD‘72, who will discuss Bernstein's Jewish identity and his contribution to the early history of Brandeis University.

The event includes a cocktail reception and a tour of the “Leonard Bernstein at 100” exhibition. Drawing from more than 150 photographs, personal items, papers, scores, correspondence, costumes, furniture and films, “Leonard Bernstein at 100” marks the official exhibit of the centennial and is the most comprehensive retrospective of Bernstein's life and career ever staged in a museum setting.

Event chair: Elle Getz '13