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Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music

Coming Soon!
On view March 16 - September 2, 2018

BernsteinLeonard Bernstein: The Power of Music, organized by NMAJH, will celebrate the centennial birthday of one of the 20th century’s most influential cultural figures, who personified classical music and produced a rich repertoire of original compositions for orchestra and the theater. Audiences may be familiar with many of Bernstein’s works, notably West Side Story, but not necessarily how he grappled with his own religious, political, and sexual identity, or how he responded to the political and social crises of his day. Visitors will find an individual who expressed the restlessness, anxiety, fear, and hope of an American Jew living through World War II and the Holocaust, Vietnam, and turbulent social change – what Bernstein referred to as his “search for a solution to the 20th‐century crisis of faith.” The exhibition will feature one‐of‐a‐kind historic artifacts, all brought to life through immersive film, sound installations, and interactive media.

    Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music was awarded a planning grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor. Additional support provided by: Cheryl and Philip Milstein; Judith Creed and Robert Schwartz; David G. and Sandra G. Marshall; Norma z”l and Abe z”l Shanzer.