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Fun Five: Digital Treasures, Complete Works, and a Modern Maestro

This week in #Bernsteinat100: Gustavo Dudamel speaks, Deutsche Grammophon dazzles, and the Library of Congress releases more in the digital Leonard Bernstein collection.

1. Treasures from the Library of Congress

Looking for scans of handwritten letters sent by Leonard Bernstein? What about hundreds of photos of the American maestro and his family? The Library of Congress has made over 3,700 documents, images, and audio recordings available for free on its digital archive, which you can find here. A great way to dip your toes in the water before you dive in: Penny Schwartz of the Jewish Telegraph Agency scouted out 7 top picks from the LoC collection.

2. Leonard Bernstein: The Complete Works

Deutsche Grammophon has done it again. Watch this trailer for their box set of the complete Leonard Bernstein works coming the first week of May, order one for yourself.

And, you’ll want to pick up DG’s “Leonard Bernstein’s Complete Recordings:”

3. From one Maestro to another

“I think Leonard Bernstein was music.”

The Los Angeles Philharmonic is celebrating Leonard Bernstein this week and during their upcoming tour by performing “Chichester Psalms” alongside Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Hear Gustavo Dudamel reflect on what made Lenny so special:

4. Brandeis’s Bernstein birthday bash

This week, Brandeis University’s annual Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts included an extra special event: a birthday party, complete with cake! Brandeis musicology doctoral candidate Georgia Luikens wrote about what Bernstein meant — and continues to mean — to the university.

Want to visit the Festival yourself? There are two concerts you’ll like this weekend: Saturday, 4/21, hear the Lydian String Quartet at 8:00 PM, and Sunday, 4/22, hear the Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra at 7:00 PM!

5. Bernstein Fast Facts from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra

On April 26 and 28, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra performs Candide with Nicholas Phan, Tracy Dahl, and Richard Suart, with Bramwell Tovey conducting.

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