Students work with composers to write their own songs based on themes found in Bernstein's Mass.

Students work with composers to write their own songs based on themes found in Bernstein’s Mass.
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Bernstein at the premiere of Mass

Take a guided listening tour of Bernstein’s Mass—with audio excerpts and commentary by composer and arts educator Thomas Cabaniss.
Bernstein’s Mass:
A Listening Tour

Bernstein Memories

Did you attend a concert conducted by Bernstein that you still remember vividly, like one of his children’s concerts? Or perhaps an encounter with the Maestro or his music changed your life …

We’re collecting memories of Leonard Bernstein and memorable experiences relating to him for publication on this website later this year. Do you have a memory you’d like to share?
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Bernstein: The Best of All Possible Worlds

Bernstein: The Best of All Possible WorldsRediscover Leonard Bernstein—composer, conductor, and consummate musician—in this 2-CD set of performances drawn from the archives of the legendary Deutsche Gramophone label.Buy Now

Carnegie Hall presents Bernstein Conducts Bernstein

Bernstein Conducts BernsteinExperience the inimitable music of Leonard Bernstein—each in a legendary performance conducted by Bernstein himself—through this special new 10-CD set.Buy Now

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About the Festival

In 1943, Bernstein made his historic debut with the New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall, thus beginning an association with both New York institutions that lasted until his death in 1990.

65 years later, the two institutions co-present Bernstein: The Best of All Possible Worlds to commemorate the 90th anniversary of his birth and the 50th anniversary of his appointment as music director of the New York Philharmonic.


Ensure the success of the Bernstein: The Best of All Possible Worlds festival and other cultural collaborations at Carnegie Hall by becoming a member today!
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Leonard Bernstein: American Original

By Burton Bernstein—former New Yorker writer and Leonard’s brother—and the New York Philharmonic’s historian, Barbara Haws.

A lively, multifaceted look at the life and times of cultural icon Leonard Bernstein, with over one hundred rare photographs and visuals, and essays by leading authorities. (HarperCollins, August 2008)
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