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“It is impossible for me to make an exclusive choice among the various activities of conducting, symphonic composition, writing for the theater, and playing the piano … For the ends are music itself.”

—Leonard Bernstein

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His innate ability to join music and drama forever changed the landscape of American musical theater.

Concert Music »

Concert Music

As a serious composer, his creative output is nearly impossible to categorize, except for its distinct “Bernstein” sound.

The Conductor »

The Conductor

A last minute substitution at Carnegie Hall launched a larger-than-life international conducting career.

The Educator »

The Educator

Perhaps his greatest gift was the ability to translate the language of music to generations of viewers, listeners, and performers.

The Social Activist »

The Social Activist

From civil rights to nuclear disarmament to the end of the Vietnam War, Bernstein lived a life of effecting change.

Bernstein’s New York »

Bernstein's New York

New York’s artistic vitality served as a catalyst and a backdrop for a number of memorable moments.

Bernstein and Faith »

Bernstein and Faith

As inseparable as his relationship to music was an unwavering and ecumenical devotion to faith and his Jewish roots.

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Stephen Sondheim talks about Leonard Bernstein’s ability to work music into theater.
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Bernstein Timeline

An interactive overview of Bernstein’s life and career.
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Bernstein at Carnegie Hall

Did you know that between 1943 and 1990 Bernstein appeared at Carnegie Hall more than 430 times?
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Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic

For nearly five decades Leonard Bernstein referred to the New York Philharmonic as his second family, leading the Orchestra in 1,246 performances …
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Leonard Bernstein: American Original

Leonard Bernstein: American Original

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