This is the month to celebrate Leonard Bernstein. The birthday we’ve all been waiting for is just around the corner — August 25 will be marked by celebratory concerts and festivals worldwide, and the lead-up to the big day will be nothing short of a whirlwind of music and memories.
The following are just a few of the festivals and concerts happening this month; for more, visit our Events page and search for your city, state, or country. There’s bound to be something happening near you!
Summer Festivals – National
Tanglewood (Lenox, MA)
Bernstein’s summer home-away-from-home in the Berkshires.
- August 4: Songfest
- August 9: A Quiet Place
- August 10: Young People’s Concert
- August 18: All-Bernstein with Baiba Skride
- August 19: Leonard Bernstein Memorial Concert with Yo-Yo Ma
- August 22 & 23: Candide
- August 25: Bernstein Centennial Celebration at Tanglewood
— Tanglewood MusicFest (@TanglewoodMA) August 3, 2018
Ravinia (Highland Park, IL)
Marin Alsop conducts two touching tributes to her former mentor.
.@BaltSymphony Music Director @marinalsop told us she was so nervous as a young adult to meet her idol @LennyBernstein that she almost backed out. But, she found out, he was even cooler than she imagined. Happy birthday month LB! #Bernstein100 pic.twitter.com/BnUt1mB7CZ
— Performance Today (@perf_today) August 2, 2018
Summer Festivals – International
BBC Proms (England)
The biggest classical music party of the year, with a Bernstein twist.
- August 6: Candide Overture
- August 10: Symphony No. 1 “Jeremiah”
- August 11: West Side Story
- August 25: On The Town
- August 27 (1 pm): Bernstein on Broadway and Beyond
- August 27 (4:15pm): Works by Bernstein, Holst, Rachmaninoff, and Tchaikovsky
- August 27 (8pm): Slava and Symphony No. 2 “Age of Anxiety”
Rheingau Musik Festival (Germany)
Stellar performances in memory of an American icon.
- August 2: Symphony No. 2 “Age of Anxiety”
- August 18: West Side Story (Film with Live Orchestra)
- August 19: Anniversaries and excerpts from “West Side Story”
- August 19: A Tribute to Leonard Bernstein
- August 24: Missa Brevis and Chichester Psalms
Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival (Germany)
Bernstein fell in love with Schleswig-Holstein, and Schleswig-Holstein fell in love right back.
- August 15-16: Night Talks with Jamie Bernstein
- August 17: The Leonard Bernstein Award Concert
- August 18-19: The Big Bernstein
More tribute concerts and Bernstein at 100 celebrations!
- 8/1: Ocean City Pops, Bernstein/Robbins Celebration (Ocean City, NJ)
- 8/2 & 8/4: New Hampshire Music Festival (Plymouth, NH)
- 8/10: Britt Music & Arts Festival (Jacksonville, OR)
- 8/25 & 8/26: Musical Instrument Museum (Phoenix, AZ)
- These are just a few of the amazing Bernstein performances this month. Find more #Bernsteinat100 events: type in your city, state, or country, and click “FIND” to explore events near you.
- Attending an event? Tag us @ClassicalOrg on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram with hashtag #Bernsteinat100. You might appear in one of our next social media round-ups!
- Want to see YOUR Bernstein event on our calendar? Submit your event to the Leonard Bernstein Office for consideration. Email us for more information.