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Leonard Bernstein Emerges: Defying Boundaries and Challenging Racial Politics During World War II

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Carol Oja
Location: David Rubenstein Atrium (Directions)
Price Range: Free
Mon, Apr, 7, 2014
7:30 PM
Drawing on fascinating new archival research, the New York Philharmonic Leonard Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence for the 2013–14 season, Carol Oja, explores the emergence of Bernstein as a twenty-something, focusing on his stunning debut as a conductor, the ballet Fancy Free, and the Broadway musical On the Town. Bernstein’s lifelong commitment to racial justice took off during this period, as he became an activist for the desegregation of performance.

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This series is co-presented by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
The 2014-15 Season

The Leonard Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence at the New York Philharmonic, Speaker

Carol Oja

As The Leonard Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence at the New York Philharmonic for the 2014–15 season, Carol J. Oja presents Insights events and conducts research in the Philharmonic Archives. Dr. Oja is William Powell Mason Professor of Music at Harvard University, where she is Chair of the Department of Music and also on the faculty of the graduate program in American Studies. Her newest book, Bernstein Meets Broadway: Collaborative Art in a Time of War, was recently published by Oxford University Press. Dr. Oja’s Making Music Modern: New York in the 1920s won the Lowens Book Award from the Society for American Music and an ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award. Her other books include Aaron Copland and His World (co-edited with Judith Tick); Colin McPhee: Composer in Two Worlds; A Celebration of American Music: Words and Music in Honor of H. Wiley Hitchcock; and American Music Recordings: A Discography of 20th-Century U.S. Composers. Carol J. Oja has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Newhouse Center for the Humanities at Wellesley College, the National Humanities Center, NEH, and the Mellon Faculty Fellows Program at Harvard. She is past-president of the Society for American Music.

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