Leonard Bernstein At 100

The GRAMMY Museum L.A. LIVE is pleased to present a special traveling exhibit as part of the worldwide celebration of the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein. The exhibit, titled Leonard Bernstein At 100, premiered Sept. 21, 2017, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. It opens at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts on Dec. 8, 2017, and the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles on April 26, 2018. 

  • New York Public Library for the Performing Arts 40 Lincoln Center Plaza New York, New York 10023
  • Dec 8, 2017 Through Mar 24, 2018

Leonard Bernstein at 100 celebrates the centennial of America's greatest classical composer and conductor. 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.

Items on display will include:

  • Bernstein's conductor baton
  • His first childhood piano
  • The desk used to compose West Side Story
  • Handwritten score sheets for songs from West Side Story, including "America," "Tonight," and "Maria"
  • And more

As one of the first U.S.-born conductors to receive worldwide acclaim, Leonard Bernstein continues to have an immeasurable influence on classical music and popular culture. Leonard was the epitomy of the American dream. His incredible achievements not only as a conductor and composer, but as an educator, musician, humanitarian, and cultural ambassador, continue to inspire future generations of artists. The GRAMMY Museum is honored to have the opportunity to pay tribute to Leonard by curating a traveling exhibit that will educate visitors of all ages on the legacy and impact of this great American icon. - Curator of the exhibit and Founding Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum

In addition to the objects and the multi-media presentations, the exhibit includes a number of interactive displays, designed to allow the museum visitor deep access into Bernstein's creative mind and music legacy. A listening bar will enable visitors to explore some of Bernstein's most noted works; and a vocal booth gives visitors the chance to sing lead in "West Side Story". Another interactive breaks down the parts of a symphony for greater understanding of Bernstein's greatest orchestral works, while a specially designed interactive gives visitors the opportunity to step into Bernstein's conducting shoes and lead the New York Philharmonic. There are Bernstein home movies, GRAMMY performances, interviews with contemporaries and colleagues, clips of his most noted stage works, segments taken from Bernstein's famous Young People's Concerts, and performances with the New York Philharmonic.

Upcoming Locations

Past Locations

Leonard Bernstein at 100 was curated by the GRAMMY Museum in collaboration with The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and the Bernstein Family. Presented in cooperation with the Bernstein Family, The Leonard Bernstein Office, Inc., Brandeis University, and the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

About Leonard Bernstein

Born on Aug. 25, 1918, in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Leonard Bernstein was a towering figure of 20th century music and culture. Bernstein was known the world over as the composer of West Side Story, Candide, On the Town and other stage and orchestral works; as the celebrated conductor of the New York Philharmonic and other leading orchestras, with whom he created a trove of acclaimed recordings; as an educator whose televised Young People's Concerts with the New York Philharmonic created more than one generation of music lovers; and as a lifelong humanitarian who spoke out whenever he witnessed injustice.

Honors bestowed on Bernstein during his lifetime include 22 honorary doctorate degrees, Commander of the French Legion of Honor, the Kennedy Center Honor, 10 Emmy Awards, 16 GRAMMY® Awards, and a Recording Academy® Lifetime Achievement Award. Posthumously, he was an inaugural inductee in the American Classical Music Hall of Fame and inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame. The corner of Broadway and West 65th Street in New York City was renamed "Leonard Bernstein Place" in 1993.

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