Leonard Bernstein Festival

A Festival Within a Festival Celebrating the Centennial of Leonard Bernstein

For its third Festival Within a Festival, Brevard Music Center joins arts organizations across the nation in saluting the centennial of celebrated composer Leonard Bernstein. One of the most prominent and widely published writers on topics in American music, Joseph Horowitz returns to Brevard to participate in a season-long series of events and free lectures providing rich context around the influential composer's music. BMC's Leonard Bernstein Festival includes a series of classical and Broadway concerts featuring beloved works such as Chichester Psalms, Symphony No. 2 ("Age of Anxiety"), and the Mass (Season Finale), among others. Two fully staged performances of the opera Candide and the movie West Side Story (with live symphony) complete BMC's rich and varied festival programming.


Immerse Yourself in Leonard Bernstein!

View our list of recommended books, articles, and videos, as well as the comprehensive Bernstein Festival schedule of concerts and free events.


Remaining Events

Bernstein's Candide

Date:Thursday, July 26, 2018

Time:7:30 p.m.

Venue:PC

Here in Brevard, "in this best of all possible worlds," be dazzled by Leonard Bernstein's exuberant American Broadway musical comedy filled with fun and frolic. Based on Voltaire's satirical story and featuring the arias "Glitter and Be Gay" and the finale "Make Our Garden Grow." Ticket holders may attend a free Pre-Opera Talk in Scott Commons beginning one hour before the performance. More Info

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Bernstein's Candide

Date:Saturday, July 28, 2018

Time:2:00 p.m.

Venue:PC

Here in Brevard, "in this best of all possible worlds," be dazzled by Leonard Bernstein's exuberant American Broadway musical comedy filled with fun and frolic. Based on Voltaire's satirical story and featuring the arias "Glitter and Be Gay" and the finale "Make Our Garden Grow." Ticket holders may attend a free Pre-Opera Talk in Scott Commons beginning one hour before the performance. More Info

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Season Finale: Bernstein's Mass

Date:Sunday, August 5, 2018

Time:3:00 p.m.

Venue:WPA

Imagined by Bernstein "not as a concert, but a fully staged dramatic pageant," this multi-faceted theatre piece for musicians, singers, and dancers premiered at the 1971 inauguration of the Kennedy Center. Join us as Keith Lockhart, BMCO, and hundreds of artists fill the WPA stage in final tribute to Bernstein's enduring legacy and centennial. Ticket holders may attend a free Pre-Concert Talk in Thomas Hall, which begins one hour before the performance. More Info

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