FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 21, 2017

Longy celebrates Bernstein’s centennial with his ‘Anniversaries,’ a special arrangement of ‘Somewhere’ and the rarely heard ‘Age of Anxiety’: Featuring Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Sandra Piques Eddy and narration by his daughter Jamie Bernstein

November 21, 2017

CAMBRIDGE, MA (November 21, 2017)│Longy School of Music in Cambridge will host a two-day celebration in honor of Leonard Bernstein’s centennial on December 7 and 8 at Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall. The concerts will feature a host of Longy faculty, students and special guests, including Jamie Bernstein, who will narrate the first half of the December 7 concert. “Our goal is to capture Bernstein the songwriter, the teacher, the father, the husband, the gifted collaborator and the arbiter of social justice,” said Dean Wayman Chin. “We want to show the breadth of his musical interests, from his love of the solo piano to orchestral music.” There will be a limited number of free and $20 tickets available to the public for both concerts. All ticket holders on December 7 will be invited to attend a post-concert reception at Pickman Concert Hall. Tickets are available at www.longy.edu/events.

 

A Private Audience
December 7, 2017
7:30 p.m. | Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall

We know of the public figure, but what of the private self? Longy faculty pianist Spencer Myer will perform a set of 12 of Bernstein’s “Anniversaries” that he wrote for, among others, his wife, daughter, sister and American composer William Schuman. While Myer is performing these compositions, Bernstein’s daughter Jamie Bernstein will be on stage telling the story behind each piece, supported by old family photos and other memorabilia from her family’s archives.

The second set of the evening will feature Bernstein’s “Arias and Barcaroles” with Sandra Piques Eddy, Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano and a Longy visiting faculty artist, and David Kravitz, baritone. Longy’s Dean, pianist Wayman Chin, and Longy Piano Department Chair Brian Moll will perform four hand piano.

This Will Be Our Reply
December 8, 2017
8:00 p.m. | Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall

This concert will include the rarely heard “The Age of Anxiety” — a testament to Bernstein’s belief that, as a reply to violence, we will “make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.” 

Longy’s new Side by Side Choir and musicians from Longy’s Conservatory and Sistema Side by Side Orchestra will perform Bernstein’s “Simple Song” and “Somewhere.” The orchestra will perform a special arrangement of “Somewhere” specifically for Sistema-inspired youth choirs with permission from the Bernstein Foundation.