Saturday January 20, 2018 8:28 pm

FanFaire celebrates LEONARD BERNSTEIN

The American Maestro who belonged to the world: The last Twenty Years

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1970 Conducted a concert performance of Fidelio with the New York Philharmonic, sung by students of the Juilliard School; conducted Pagliacci and Cavalleria Rusticana at the Metropolitan Opera

Conducted two world premieres, William Schuman’s In Praise of Shahn and Elliot Carter’s Concerto for Orchestra, and excerpts from Gotterdammerung during his 5-week season with the Philharmonic

Began taping live performances on video, starting with Verdi’s Requiem at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London

Conducted Beethoven concerts in Paris, Rome, Tel Aviv and Vienna

bernstein-fidelio-100Conducted the bicentennial production of Fidelio at the Vienna State Opera to unanimous critical acclaim

Returned to Tanglewood as Artistic Adviser

Led the New York Philharmonic on a concert tour of Japan, with Seiji Ozawa co-conducting

1971 Signed first contract with Unitel for music-films of his live performances

bernstein-kavalier-100 Conducted the Vienna Philharmonic in aconcert tour of Europe, remounted Der Rosenkavalier which was recorded by CBS Records

Completed Mass (subtitled A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players and Dancers) for the gala opening of the Kennedy Center in September; though it played to mixed critical reviews, it received numerous performances in various opera houses and theaters thereafter

1972 Conducted a Stravinsky Memorial at the Royal Albert Hall, three Mahler symphonies with the Vienna Philharmonic, Das Lied von der Erde with the Israel Philharmonic

Began composing music for Jerome Robbins’ new ballet Dybbuk

bernstein-carmen-100 Conducted Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera excellent reviews, and recorded for Deutsche Gramophone – it was the last opera he conducted in an opera house

1973 Conducted Bach’s Magnificat and his own Chichester Psalms for Pope Paul VI at the Vatican, with the Italian Radio Orchestra, the HArvard Glee Club and the Newark Boys Choir

Embarked on a conducting tour of Israel and Europe, and led a studio production of Trouble in Tahiti for London Weekend Television

bernstein-unanswere-dvd-100 Delivered six Charles Eliot Norton lectures, The Unanswered Question, at the Harvard Square Theater, in which discussions of the language of classical music in terms of linguistic theory as propounded by Noam Chomsky were complemented with sessions of music appreciation, and which Bernstein considered to be his greatest academic honor; the lectures were broadcast by PBS and BBC, published as a book by the Harvard Press and reissued on videocassette.

1974 Conducted first performance of Jerome Robbins’ Dybbuk ballet and recorded the score for CBS with the New York City Ballet Orchestra

Conducted the Koussevitzky Centenary Concert at Tanglewood attended by and audience of over 16,000, conducted Mahler’s Fifth at Central Park for an audience of 100,000

Led New York Philharmonic on a Pacific tour of New Zealand, Australia and Japan, conducted the opening concert of Vienna’s newly refurbished Konzerthaus

1975 Made his first appearance with the Vienna Philharmonic at the Salzburg Festival conducting two concerts of Chichester Psalms, Mozart’s Piano Concerto in G major, and Sibelius’ Fifth Symphony

Conducted the London Symphony and the Orchestre Nationale at the Edinburgh Festival, and Berlioz’ Requiem on location at the church of St-Louis des Invalides in Paris which was telecast in Europe

Completed work on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in collaboration with Alan Jay Lerner

First performance of By Bernstein – a revue of unperformed Bernstein songs

1976 Premiere of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Philadephia

Conducted pianist Claudio Arrau and the Bavarian Radio Orchestra in a fund-raising concert for Amnesty International, Mahler’s Sixth Symphony with the Vienna Philharmonic – concluding Unitel’s Mahler cycle

Recorded Berlioz’ Symphonie Fantastique and Harold en Italie with the French Radio Orchestra and conducted Mstislav Rostropovich in Bloch’s Schelomo and Schumann’s Cello Concerto

1977 Conducted President’s Inaugural Concert

Leonard Bernstein Festivals held by the Israel Philharmonic in Israel and Austria

Launched his Beethoven Cycle with the Vienna Philharmonic at the Salzburg Festival

An all-Bernstein concert by the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington held to inaugurate Rostropovich’s appointment as Music Director

First performance of Songfest: A Cycle of American Poems for Six Singers and Orchestra and Three Meditations from "Mass"

1978 Led a revival of Fidelio at the Vienna State Opera in Vienna and La Scala, conducted the Vienna Philharmonic in concerts in London and Paris – where he received the ribbon of officier of the Legion of Honor, and the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam

Gala 60th birthday celebration held in his honor at Wolf Trap – a fund raising event for the National Symphony Orchestra

bernstein-quietplace-100Began work on a new opera A Quiet Place

Conducted five Beethoven symphonies for his new Unitel cycle, conducted Songfest in Munich

1979 Conducted the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra as a member of a diplomatic and economic mission to Mexico

Conducted the London Symphony and the Vienna Philharmonic, led the New York Philharmonic on a tour of the Far East and completed his Beethoven cycle for Unitel

Conducted the Berlin Philharmonic in a triumphant Mahler’s Ninth Symphony for the benefit of Amnesty International

Conducted the Vienna Philharmonic in two concerts and the Vienna State Opera in five performances of Fidelio in Washington, and a concert performance of Fidelio at the Avery Fisher Hall

Delivered a speech of appreciation in Aaron Copland’s honor at the annual Kennedy Centers Honors

1980 Commisioned by the Boston Symphony to write a Divertimento for its centenary season, composed Touches for solo piano for the 1981 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and a short orchestral overture in memory of Andre Kostelanetz

Received Kennedy Center Honor for Lifetime Contributions to American Culture through the Performing Arts

1981 Premiered new works by Lukas Foss and Ned Rorem with the New York Philharmonic, premiered his flute concerto, Halil, in Israel, performed Kaddish at the Vatican

bernstein-tristan-100 Recorded Tristan und Isolde in a series of live, telecast concerts at the Hercules Hall in Munich with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Hildegard Behrens as Isolde and Peter Hoffmann as Tristan


Leonard Bernstein: Tristan und Isolde, Vorspiel Act 1

  Collaborated with Stephen Wadsworth Zinsser on a plan for a new opera
1982 Conducted concerts in Vienna and Munich

Conducted classes at Indiana University as the first fellow of the new Institute for Advanced Study

Conducted Halil with the National Symphony in Washington

Conducted the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a concert of his Songfest and Elgar’s Enigma Variations at the Royal Festival Hall, Stravinsky with the Israel Philharmonic in Israel, and subsequently on tour – in West Germany, Mexico and Texas

Conducted a Stravinsky celebration with Michael Tilson Thomas at the Washington Cathedral

Named Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Music Institute

Began a filmed cycle of Brahms concertos and symphonies with the Vienna Philharmonic

An opera house version of Candide successfully premiered by the City Opera at the State Theater in Lincoln Center

1983 Resumed work on the new opera which became entitled A Quiet Place, which premiered at Houston Grand Opera (conducted by John De Main, Bernstein’s student at Tanglewood) to mixed reviews

Celebrated his 65th birthday in LAwrence, Massachusetts – his birthplace, with a free concert conducted by a Tanglewood student Eiji Oue at an outdoor theater dedicated to him

1984 A revised A Quiet Place was performed at La Scala, Milan to positive reviews, conducted by John Mauceri and directed by Stephen Wadsworth, soon followed by a performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington

West Side Story recorded for Deutsch Gramophone and the recording sessions filmed jointly by the BBC and Unitel with Kiri Te Kanawa, Jose Careras and Tatiana Troyanos


Leonard Bernstein - The Making of West Side Story (FULL)

  bernstein-3orch-150 Engaged in the BBC television projects The Little Drummer Boy – a musical and psychological study of Mahler and The Love of Three Orchestras – about his conducting career with excerpts from performances with his three supposedly favorite orchestras, the New York, Israel and Vienna Philharmonic
1985 Embarked on other film projects for Unitel, which remained largely unfinished

Received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammy ceremonies

Conducted Songfest at a televised outdoor concert in Washington

Journey for Peace to Hiroshima where he performed two concerts with the European Community Youth Orchestra marking the 40th anniversary of the dropping of the first atom bomb featuring Kaddish with Barbara Hendricks as soloist as the main work, a Mozart violin concerto played
by Midori and a Hiroshima Requiem by the Japanese composer Tomiko Kojiba – the latter two conducted by Eiji Oue

Concluded the filming of his Schumann cycle and began a survey of Shostakovich symphonies

1986 Conducted A Quiet Place at the Vienna State Opera

Berstein Festival mounted by the London Symphony at Barbican Centre in London, where he conducted his own music at a concert attended by Queen Elizabeth

Received the rank of Commander of the Legion of Honor from President Miterrand in Paris, and the Hartmann Medal in Munich

Inaugurated the Schleswig Holstein Festival in Kiel with Haydn’s The Creation and launched his first European teaching course for young conductors

First performance of Jubilee Games, commissioned by the Israel Philharmonic, during a two-continent tour celebrating its 50th anniversary

1987 Conducted the Vienna Philharmonic at the Salzburg Festival, the Concertgebouw in East and West Berlin

Inaugurated conducting classes in Salzau, Germany

Organized the first " Music for Life" AIDS Benefit at Carnegie Hall

1988 Composed Arias and Barcarolles, an autobiographical song suite, for a fund-raising concert which premiered with Michael Tilson Thomas and Bernstein playing the piano duet accompaniment

Attended new production of Candide by the Scottish Opera in Glasgow which was televised by the BBC and remounted at the Old Vic, winning the Olivier Award for best musical of the year

Honored at an elaborate four-day celebration of his 70th birthday at Tanglewood; followed a month later by another celebration at the Vienna State Opera; was made Honorary Citizen of Austria

Conducted the New York Philiharmonic, London Symphony, Santa Cecilia of Rome, Israel Philharmonic and the Vienna Philharmonic

1989 Conducted the Israel Philharmonic in the first performance of the final version of his Jubilee Games, now retitled Concerto for Orchestra

Participated in "September 1, 1939" memorial concert in Warsaw, marking the 50th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II

Conducted the last three Beethoven piano concertos with the Vienna Philharmonic and Krystian Zimerman, and the slow movement of the orchestral version of Beethoven’s Quartet in F major at a memorial concert for Herbert von Karajan

Conducted the New York Philharmonic in two weeks of concerts consisting of an all-Copland program the first week, and an all-Tchaikovsky program the next

Recorded Candide with the London Symphony Orchestra for Deutsche Gramophone

Led international celebrations in Berlin celebrating reunification of East and West Germany with Freedom Concert on Christmas Day

1990 Dance Suite, his last composition premiered by the Empire Brass Quintet at the Metropolitan Opera

Conducted the Vienna Philharmonic in performances in Vienna and Carnegie Hall, the Bavarian Radio Symphony and Chorus in a performance of Mozart’s C minor Mass which was filmed by Unitel

Visited Bayreuth at the invitation of Friedelind Wagner

Conducted the Mozart Mass at two concerts in Munich

Conducted at the Prague Spring Festival

Inaugurated the Pacific Music Festival, a Tanglewood at the Art Park in Sapporo, Japan where he taught the students Schumann’s Second Symphony, and conducted Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, Britten’s Sea Interludes, and his own Serenade with the London Symphony Orchestra; conducted
concerts with the London Symphony at the Suntory Hall in Tokyo

Conducted his last concert with Boston Symphony at Tanglewood on August 19

Died October 14 at his New York home

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