We're pulling out all the stops (and rests) in celebration of Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday later this month. In addition to our giveaway, we're sharing our popular Bernstein radio episode, a new free playlist, and your memories of Bernstein—which have given us joy and moved us to tears. Combined, it's a multifaceted portrait of an artist and a mensch.
How important was Bernstein's Jewishness to his work? Maestro Gerard Schwarz recounts his personal Bernstein experience with Neil W. Levin, as they examine Bernstein's Jewish roots, music, life and connection to Israel, in our two-part, two-hour radio program.
Featuring 12 full tracks—including his earliest surviving work and a work never-before recorded—the program is hosted by another iconic Leonard, the venerable Leonard Nimoy!
We've assembled two albums worth of Bernstein's Jewish music in a new 31-song playlist, now streaming free on Spotify. And don't forget to enter the giveaway to win this powerful collection for yourself.
Many of our fans have not only entered our Leonard Bernstein: 100 Years • 100 Prizes Giveaway, but nearly 1,000 of you also shared your fondest memories of the maestro with us so far. The most popular, of course, were the Young People's Concerts (which we're giving away on DVD) and West Side Story. Many of your memories were beautifully personal and touching—revealing sides of him that most people could not have known, and the likely millions of indelible marks his life left on all of us.
You can still enter the giveaway below:
We've shared several of the memories on social media, and we'll be looking for more creative ways to share more of them in the coming weeks. So, thank you and keep them coming!