Opening reception: Thursday, Oct. 11, 5 pm - 7 pm. Leonard Bernstein is headed back to Brandeis: The exhibition “Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music” will be on view from October 4 through November 18 at the university in Waltham (Greater Boston).
Organized by the National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) in Philadelphia, the exhibition includes artifacts and photographs — on loan from the composer’s family and other collections — that explore his life, Jewish identity and social activism. Additional materials from Brandeis’ Robert D. Farber University Archives and Special Collections document Bernstein’s time at the university as a member of the music faculty and the Board of Trustees.
The exhibition features stations for listening to Bernstein’s music, viewing documentary films of Bernstein conducting, and excerpts from West Side Story. An interactive multimedia display (“Samples of Faith”) encourages visitors to peel back the many layers of Bernstein’s compositions, including their roots in his early years in Boston.
Exhibit hours (Dreitzer Gallery) are Wednesday through Sunday, 12 pm – 5 pm, with evening hours (until 8 pm) on Thursdays.
Additional materials on display in Slosberg Music Center and Shapiro Admissions Center.