The Lenny Lens:
Bernstein's Embrace of Music

Join me — and my special guests — for an in-depth
exploration of my father's rich legacy. Scroll down for details!

Course Information

SESSION 1: June 5th, 2pm-3.30pm Eastern Time

"Leonard Bernstein, Citizen Artist: an Overview"
This introductory session organizes Bernstein’s multifaceted legacy into four main categories: composer, conductor, educator, and activist/humanitarian.

Pre-recorded guest appearances from:

Michael Tilson Thomas
Conductor; longtime friend and colleague of Leonard Bernstein

Bradley Cooper
Actor and director; preparing upcoming film "Maestro,"
about Leonard Bernstein

Steven Spielberg
Director of "West Side Story" (2021)

Marin Alsop
Acclaimed conductor; student of Leonard Bernstein

Bobby McFerrin
Celebrated vocal artist; virtual host of "Bernstein's Answer"
installation at Ravinia Festival

SESSION 2: June 12th, 2pm-3.30pm Eastern Time

"Candide and West Side Story"
Incredibly enough, these two iconic Bernstein musicals, while vastly different from each other, were written simultaneously. This session is a close examination of the two works.

Pre-recorded guest appearances from:

Nina Bernstein Simmons
Jamie's sister

Alexander Bernstein
Jamie's brother

Kristin Chenoweth
Celebrated singer and actress; performed in "Candide"
with the New York Philharmonic (2005)

Julia Bullock
Acclaimed soprano; performed in "West Side Story"
with the San Francisco Symphony (2014)

John Mauceri
Conductor and author; friend and colleague of Bernstein

SESSION 3: June 19th, 2pm-3.30pm Eastern Time

"MASS – an Inner Self-Portrait"
In honor of MASS’s 50th anniversary year, this session explores Bernstein’s
most rule-breaking and deeply personal work.

Pre-recorded guest appearances from:

John Mauceri
Conductor of European premiere of "MASS"

Stephen Schwartz
Co-librettist of "MASS"

Douglas Webster
Baritone, performed "MASS" at the Vatican in 2000

Marin Alsop
Conductor of multiple productions of "MASS"

SESSION 4 — June 26th, 2pm-3.30pm Eastern Time

"A love of notes and words"
This fourth and final session demonstrates how words were every bit as beloved to Leonard Bernstein as were musical notes – and the exploration touches on works in which music is intertwined with text – the latter often being Bernstein’s own.

Pre-recorded guest appearances from:

Stephen Wadsworth
Librettist of "A Quiet Place"

Brad Leithauser
Poet and novelist

Marin Alsop

John Mauceri

Bradley Cooper

Julia Bullock

Kristin Chenoweth

Steven Spielberg

Bobby McFerrin

Michael Tilson Thomas

Jeremy Irons
Actor, audio appearance


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