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Fun Five (#11): What Would Leonard Bernstein Say about Hamilton?

Bernstein musicals bring the house down at Tanglewood and the Guthrie. Plus, pre-order Warner Classic’s new recording of Bernstein symphonies, see how Yo-Yo Ma’s career intersected with Bernstein’s, and explore what Jamie Bernstein says her father would have thought about Hamilton!

1. Tanglewood’s Terrific On the Town

On July 7, 2018, the Boston Pops and conductor Keith Lockhart presented a semi-staged production of On the Town as part of the opening weekend of Tanglewood Music Festival. A stellar cast of Broadway singers and dancers, including Laura Osnes, Brandon Victor Dixon, and Megan Lawrence, brought Bernstein’s jazzy, joyful music to life, and had the audience laughing and cheering throughout.

2. Warner Classics to Release New Recording of Bernstein Symphonies

Warner Classics announced today it will release a new recording of Bernstein’s three symphonies by Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia on August 10th. Conductor Antonio Pappano describes Bernstein’s first symphony (“Jeremiah”) in a short video (click play in the tweet below to watch).

Learn more about Bernstein’s longstanding relationship with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia below:

3. Beginnings and Endings: Bernstein and Yo-Yo Ma

Jennifer Hambrick, from WOSU Public Media, writes, “Leonard Bernstein was there at the beginning of Yo-Yo Ma’s career. And in a special way, Yo-Yo Ma was there at the end of Bernstein’s life.” Read her touching piece about the intersections between Ma’s and Bernstein’s careers.

4. Jamie Bernstein on Politics, Social Justice, and Hamilton

Classical music critic Peter Dobrin interviewed Jamie Bernstein about her new book (Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein) for the Free Library of Philadelphia. They discussed her father’s social activism, how he might react to today’s political climate — and what he might have said about the Broadway phenomenon Hamilton.

Watch the full interview:

5. Guthrie’s West Side Story — Sans Snaps

Minneapolis’s Guthrie Theater presents a stunning new production of West Side Story, with one bold change: the Sharks and the Jets won’t be snapping their fingers at each other anytime soon. Read Jay Gabler’s glowing review for

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Throughout The Bernstein Experience, enjoy curated glimpses of Leonard Bernstein’s music, life and legacy as well as a blog about the ongoing global celebration of Bernstein’s centenary today, including our five picks of noteworthy Bernstein stories from recent news, blogs, and social media.

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