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Favorite Five This Week in #Bernsteinat100

Join us as we take a look at this week’s top stories from the Leonard Bernstein Centennial around the globe. Find more using hashtag: #Bernsteinat100. And remember, if you go: tag and tell @ClassicalOrg.

1. Grammys and Lang Lang Celebrate Bernstein

The Grammy Awards will celebrate Leonard Bernstein on Sunday, January 28. Watch on your favorite station! And, kicking the festivities off early, on January 26, pianist Lang Lang leads a Grammy Salute to Classical Music celebration concert at Carnegie Hall. The lineup features artists Isabel Leonard, Time for Three, Ledisi, Kiana Ledé, and Pablo Sainz Villegas, as well as young musicians from the Lang Lang International Music Foundation.

2. Opera in an ice rink?

The Boston Lyric Opera announced that their May production of Bernstein’s “Trouble In Tahiti” will take place inside an ice rink! Read their blog post all about it and watch their announcement video.

3. “Just think of love”

Violinist Vadim Gluzman will perform Bernstein’s “Serenade after Plato’s ‘Symposium'” with the BBC Symphony Orchestra this weekend. The Strad interviewed him about what makes this piece special. Gluzman says that the many “shades and colors” of love “find a place in this music… as long as you remember it and yearn for it, there will be a connection.” Here’s a clip of Gluzman playing the “Serenade” live with the Spanish Radio and Television Orchestra at the Teatro Monumental, Madrid, Spain, in 2012:

4. Music in the Making (Houston Public Radio)

The most recent episode of Houston Public Radio’s series “Music in the Making”  is all about Bernstein! Listen here.

5. Casting Call (You know you want to try?!)

Steven Spielberg is reportedly looking for performers to star in a remake of “West Side Story.” Yes, you heard that right: Steven Spielberg is remaking “West Side Story.” BroadwayWorld reports:

Casting director Cindy Tolan is seeking actors to play the musical’s four leading roles: Maria (18-20), Tony (18-23), Bernardo (20-24) and Anita (20-24 years). All four actors must be able to sing, and Maria, Anita and Bernardo must be able to speak Spanish.

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