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Watch Bernstein TV and Film Favorites

(Post updated: July 19, 2018)

Whether he was teaching music theory on television or his music was making audiences dance, laugh, and cry in theaters, Leonard Bernstein came alive on the silver screen.

This summer, opportunities abound for you to experience Bernstein film favorites on big and small screens. Scroll to discover when and how to watch.

Turner Classic Movies, July 20-22, 2018

Turner Classic Movies brings you a selection of the best of Leonard Bernstein’s music for theater and full-length films, combined with a selection of his musical education excellence, right to your living room or favorite device.

  • How to watch: TV, computer, mobile device (subscription required)
  • When: July 20-22, 2018

Learn more about these Bernstein favorites before you watch. Complete schedules below.

(All times EST)

Friday, July 20

  • 8:00 PM — West Side Story (1961)
  • 10:45 PM — On the Town (1949)
  • 12:30 AM — On the Waterfront (1954)

Saturday, July 21

  • 8:00 PM — Young Peoples Concert: What Does Music Mean (1958)
  • 9:15 PM — Young Peoples Concert: Humor in Music (1959)
  • 10:30 PM — Young Peoples Concert: What is a Mode (1966)
  • 11:45 PM — Young Peoples Concert: Toast to Vienna in ¾ Time (1967)
  • 1:00 AM — Young Peoples Concert: Quiz-Concert: How Musical Are You? (1968)

Sunday, July 22

  • 8:00 PM — Omnibus: Leonard Bernstein, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony (1954)
  • 9:30 PM — Omnibus: Leonard Bernstein, The World of Jazz (1955)
  • 10:15 PM — Omnibus: Leonard Bernstein, The Art of Conducting (1955)
  • 11:15 PM — Omnibus: Leonard Bernstein, American Musical Comedy (1956)
  • 12:15 AM — Omnibus: Leonard Bernstein, Introduction to Modern Music (1957)
  • 1:45 AM — Omnibus: Leonard Bernstein, The Music of Johann Sebastian Bach (1957)

The Paley Center, Sundays in August 2018

Throughout August, the Paley Center brings screenings of Bernstein’s television and documentary highlights to New York and Los Angeles.

  • How to watch: Visit the Paley Center for Media in New York and Los Angeles — admission is free.
  • When: Sundays, August 5, 12, 19, and 26

Sunday, August 5

  • 12:15 PM — NBC Opera Theatre: Trouble in Tahiti
  • 1:00 PM — Compilation Reel: On the Town
  • 1:10 PM — Wonderful Town

Sunday, August 12

  • 12:15 PM — Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic: The Creative Performer
  • 1:15 PM — CBS News Special: Inside Pop: The Rock Revolution
  • 2:10 PM — New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts: Bach Transmogrified

Sunday, August 19

  • 12:15 PM — American Masters: Leonard Bernstein: Reaching for the Note
  • 2:15 PM — Candide

Sunday, August 25

  • 12:15 PM — Bernstein at 60: An Appreciation: Live from Wolf Trap
  • 3:15 PM — Great Performances: Bernstein Conducts West Side Story

Opera North’s “Trouble in Tahiti”

Opera North’s critically-acclaimed production of Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti is now available to watch in full via The Guardian until August 10, thanks to The Space.

In 1950s suburbia, Sam and Dinah appear to have the perfect life in their little white house. But their growing detachment exposes a mutual feeling that they are trapped in a life that has turned into a lie. Sam escapes to the hyper-masculine, win-or-lose world of work and the gym, while Dinah loses herself in the movies, where the hit picture of the day is the ominously-titled Trouble in Tahiti.

Discover more about Bernstein’s first opera in this great summary from Opera North or via

West Side Story (Film with Live Orchestra)

Orchestras across the globe are treating audiences to a full multimedia experience: West Side Story (the film), accompanied by live musicians. Here are upcoming performances to add to your social calendar:

United States


More Bernstein on Film

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West Side Story (Film)

Editor’s note

We’ll continue to update this post as official Bernstein at 100 summer film screenings are confirmed. Submit your event to the Leonard Bernstein Office for consideration. Send us tips via email or DM @ClassicalOrg.

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