The Library of Congress joins the Washington-area arts community in the international centennial celebration of Leonard Bernstein at 100 — a year of local, national, and worldwide events that pay tribute to this incomparable artist whose influence and impact on arts and culture in the U.S. and around the world have transcended genres and generations.
SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 2018 at 2:00 PM
OrchKids: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Join us for a special afternoon concert presenting young players from the BSO’s impressive OrchKids project. Inspired by Venezuela’s El Sistema, OrchKids is a year-round music program designed to create social change and nurture promising futures for youth in Baltimore City neighborhoods.
The OrchKids players will premiere a composition inspired by a visit to the Library’s 400,000-item Leonard Bernstein Collection. Their encounters with the composer’s scores, manuscripts and photos—plus several report cards and school essays from his teenage years—sparked an enthusiastic joint effort to create a fascinating new work reflecting Bernstein’s legacy.
EVENTS AT THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2018 at 12 PM
MARY PICKFORD THEATER
FILM: Bernstein conducts Mahler and Lisz
TUESDAY, MAY 15, 2018 at 7 PM
LECTURE: “Bernstein Conducting Himself,” Daniel Callahan, PhD, Assistant Professor of Music, Boston College
THURSDAY, MAY 17 at 7 PM
MARY PICKFORD THEATER
FILM: On the Waterfront (1954) | 108 min.
FRIDAY, MAY 18 at 8 PM
CONCERT: Leonard Bernstein’s America
Michael Barrett, Music Director
We see Bernstein as social observer, revealed in three major stage works. His musical 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue portrays sharp racial divides over 100 years of White House history. The operas Trouble in Tahiti and A Quiet Place paint a vision of a family’s struggles—and offer a glimpse of reconciliation.
SATURDAY, MAY 19 from 11 AM – 5 PM
ALL-DAY EVENT: Bernstein Centennial Minifest
Feel the Bernstein: dive into our special, day-long program, an immersive experience anchored by an extensive display of manuscripts, letters, playbills, photographs and memorabilia, sketches, casting notes, and designs.