The 100th Birthday of Music Legend Leonard Bernstein is Honored with Great Performances: The Bernstein Centennial Celebration at Tanglewood

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23 December 2018
The Bernstein Centennial Celebration at Tanglewood
YoYo Ma Jessica Zhou and John Williams (Photo: Courtesy of Chris Lee)
"Great Performances: The Bernstein Centennial Celebration at Tanglewood"
Premieres Friday, December 28 at 9 PM ET on PBS
(Check your local listings)
          The famed summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra dedicated its entire 2018 season to the iconic composer, conductor, performer, educator and humanitarian. The festivities culminated on Bernstein’s centennial birthday on August 25, 2018, in a special celebrity-studded gala concert, with every memorable moment captured for a worldwide audience by Great Performances series. This special presentation features some of the world’s leading performers and musicians from the classical stage, opera and musical theater in a tribute to the music legend.
The Bernstein Centennial Celebration
Midori performs Berstein's Serenade with Christoph Eschenbach (Photo: Courrtesy of Chris Lee)
          Hosted by film, television and theater star Audra McDonald, Great Performances: The Bernstein Centennial Celebration at Tanglewood features appearances by prominent conductors Andris Nelsons, Christoph Eschenbach, Keith Lockhart, John Williams and Michael Tilson Thomas leading an incredible orchestra made up of musicians from some of the organizations most important to Bernstein.

          Joining the Boston Symphony Orchestra are performers from the New York Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, Pacific Music Festival, and Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. World-renowned classical music artists Midori, Thomas Hampson, Isabel Leonard, Yo-Yo Ma, Kian Soltani, Nadine Sierra and Susan Graham perform during the centennial celebration, along with leading Broadway talent Jessica Vosk and Tony Yazbeck, and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. 

The Bernstein Centennial Celebration at Tanglewood
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Song List

Overture to “Candide,” Leonard Bernstein
Andris Nelsons conducting

First movement “Phaedrus; Pausanias (Lento­–Allegro) from “Serenade (after Plato’s Symposium),” Leonard Bernstein
Christoph Eschenbach conducting
Midori, violin

Meditation No. 3 from “Mass,” Leonard Bernstein
Christoph Eschenbach conducting
Kian Soltani, cello

“Kaddish 2” from Symphony No. 3, “Kaddish,” Leonard Bernstein
Keith Lockhart conducting
Nadine Sierra, soprano
Women of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus

Selections from “West Side Story”: “Prologue,” “Maria,” “A boy like that – I have a love,” “Tonight (Quintet),” Leonard Bernstein
Michael Tilson Thomas conducting; Joshua Bergasse, choreographer
Performed by Isabel Leonard, Jessica Vosk, Tony Yazbeck and other Broadway artists

“Der Schildwache Nachtlied” from “Des Knaben Wunderhorn, Gustav Mahler
Andris Nelsons conducting
Thomas Hampson, baritone

Finale of “Appalachian Spring,” Aaron Copland
Michael Tilson Thomas conducting

Highwood’s Ghost,” An Encounter, John Williams
John Williams conducting
Yo-Yo Ma, cello; Jessica Zhou, harp

Finale from Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection,” Gustav Mahler
Andris Nelsons conducting
Nadine Sierra, soprano; Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano
Tanglewood Festival Chorus

“Somewhere” from “West Side Story (Grand Finale), Leonard Bernstein
Andris Nelsons conducting
Performed by entire lineup of guest artists

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