Back to All Events

Leonard Bernstein: A Centennial Celebration


Leonard Bernstein was born 100 years ago on August 25, 1918. As the most popular American classical musician of the twentieth century, he was amazingly brilliant as a conductor, composer, arranger, pianist, and television personality who was seen on television by over 10 million around the world.

In this talk, learn:

• What influences shaped the famous maestro?

• What made him special as a conductor?

• What made him such a successful teacher?

• How did compare the Beatles and Mozart logically in the same show?

• What makes West Side Story one of the greatest Broadway shows?

• What makes his Mass so unique?

Discover the answers to these questions with photos and video/audio clips!

$15 suggested donation.

Alicia Kopfstein-Penk, Ph.D., is an enthusiastic postmodernist who teaches at American University in Washington, DC. Her book, Leonard Bernstein and his Young People’s Concerts has been called “utterly fascinating,” and “a bristlingly well-informed monograph” by the Wall Street Journal. She is also an editor and author of the forthcoming book Leonard Bernstein and Washington, DC.

Earlier Event: February 10
Tough Cases and Tender Vows
Later Event: March 8
The Stephen Baker Experience