In 2018, Brandeis celebrated the centennial birthday of acclaimed American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein, a Brandeis faculty member and a supporter of the University from its earliest days.

From 1951-56, Bernstein taught courses at Brandeis on modern music, opera and composition. He founded the university’s Festival of the Creative Arts, which today honors his legacy as an artist, an educator, an activist and a humanitarian.

Centennial events included special concerts, classes and other campuswide activities during the Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts, April 15-22, 2018.

Featured events included selections from Bernstein’s opera "Trouble in Tahiti" performed by the Boston Lyric Opera; "Late Night with Leonard Bernstein," a cabaret-style concert narrated by his daughter, Nina Bernstein; and a concert version of Bernstein's “Mass,” performed by the Brandeis University Chorus and guest artists.

Bernstein at 100 logoLeonard Bernstein at 100 was the worldwide celebration of the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein. Visit the official website to learn more about Bernstein’s life and works, share your memories of Leonard Bernstein, and to follow news of centennial events around the world.

Bernstein in the News

From humble beginnings to Leonard Bernstein the legend

The Boston Globe and Brandeis experts recall the maestro ahead of his 100th birthday. (Subscription required)

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