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Celebrate the centennial birthday of one of the greatest composers and conductors
of the 20th century.

Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music is the first large-scale museum exhibition to illustrate Leonard Bernstein’s life, Jewish identity, and social activism. Audiences may be familiar with many of Bernstein’s works, notably West Side Story, but not necessarily with 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 explore his Jewish identity and social activism in the context of his position as an American conductor and his works as a composer. It will feature interactive media and sound installations along approximately 100 historic artifacts, including Bernstein’s piano, marked-up scores, conducting suit, annotated copy of Romeo and Juliet used for the development of West Side Story, personal family Judaica, composing easel, and a number of objects from his studio.

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Header image: Leonard Bernstein, 1956. © Made available online with permission of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Friedman-Abeles, Billy Rose Theatre Collection. Astor, Lenox, and Tilden Foundations.

Images, Clockwise from Top Left: (1)Leonard Bernstein with his parents, Jennie and Samuel Bernstein, c. 1921 Leonard Bernstein Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress; (2) Leonard Bernstein’s annotated Copy of Romeo and Juliet. William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet. Boston: Ginn and Co., 1940. Ed. by George Kittredge. Leonard Bernstein Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress. By permission of The Leonard Bernstein Office, Inc. (3) Courtesy of The Leonard Bernstein Office, Inc. (4) "Symphony No.3 Kaddish" written and conducted by Leonard Bernstein, 1963. National Museum of American Jewish History, Gift of Sylvia Stein. (5) Courtesy of The Leonard Bernstein Office, Inc.
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    Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music has been made possible in part by major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor. Key support provided by The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation. Major support provided by Cheryl and Philip Milstein; Sandra Goodstein; The Leslie Miller and Richard Worley Family Foundation; Lindy Communities and the CHG Charitable Trust as recommended by Carole Haas Gravagno. Additional support provided by Judith Creed and Robert Schwartz; Robert and Marjie Kargman; David G. and Sandra G. Marshall; Robin and Mark Rubenstein; The Savitz Family Foundation; Norma z”l and Abe z”l Shanzer; and the Arronson Foundation. Special thanks to The Leonard Bernstein Office, the Bernstein Family, Jacobs Music, and the Milken Archive of Jewish Music. And with appreciation to Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation; Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation; Eugene and Emily Grant; Ruth and Peter Laibson; and Laura and Mark Rosenthal