Join us in honoring our beloved former Music Director, Leonard Bernstein, in his 100th birthday year, and hear his very own orchestra perform his complete symphonic works. Conducted by Alan Gilbert and Leonard Slatkin.

Bernstein Festival

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  • Other Bernstein Centennial Activities
    New Year’s Eve: Bernstein on Broadway, will toast our beloved Laureate Conductor’s 100th birthday with favorites from his Broadway musicals — from the dynamic rhythms of West Side Story to the brashness of sailors on leave in On the Town and the sweet duets of New York newcomers in Wonderful Town — led by the engaging conductor and raconteur Bramwell Tovey.

    • Assistant Conductor Joshua Gersen will lead Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, which the Philharmonic premiered in 1961, on February 22–24, 2018.

    Leonard Bernstein: The Philharmonic’s First American Voice, an archival exhibit focusing on Bernstein as interpreter and as the first American Music Director of the New York Philharmonic. It will feature original material from the New York Philharmonic Archives, including Bernstein’s plans for his inaugural season as Music Director, 1958–59. The exhibit will be in the Bruno Walter Gallery on David Geffen Hall’s Grand Promenade September 19–November 14, 2017, and will be open to Philharmonic ticketholders.

    “Bernstein’s Mahler Marathon: The Sony Recordings,” 13 hours of his performances of his Philharmonic predecessor’s complete symphonies on Sunday, February 25, 2017, 10:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m. Part of our free Insights at the Atrium series, the marathon will feature Bernstein’s recordings originally released by Columbia Records as the first-ever complete set of Mahler symphonies, which quickly gained landmark status. All of the recordings feature the New York Philharmonic except the recording of the Eighth Symphony with the London Symphony Orchestra. Throughout the listening, Bernstein’s marked scores from the New York Philharmonic Leon Levy Digital Archives will be projected in real time. Between each symphony, special guests will read excerpts from Bernstein’s own writings on Mahler, and video clips of Bernstein talking about Mahler will be projected.

    • We are collaborating with the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts in exhibits and events celebrating Leonard Bernstein. The library will host the GRAMMY Museum’s traveling exhibit Leonard Bernstein at 100, featuring items on loan from the New York Philharmonic Archives, December 9, 2017–March 24, 2018. The library will also present “Bernstein / Mahler ‘Titan’ Training” on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, an event preparing audience members for “Bernstein’s Mahler Marathon: The Sony Recordings” on February 25 (see above); and “Play-Along: Mahler 5 Adagietto” on Wednesday, February 14, 2018, inviting any string player or harpist to participate in a one-night-only reading session of the Adagietto from Mahler’s Fifth Symphony.


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