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.

Watch Artistic Director Keith Lockhart explain why Bernstein's Mass "could be one of the performance experiences of your lifetime."