On May 5 and 6, the Cape Symphony will celebrate the birthdays of American icons in American Mavericks. We’re proud to be part of Leonard Bernstein at 100, a two-year global celebration of the life and career of the 20th century cultural giant, featuring more than 2,000 events on six continents.
From the Leonard Bernstein Office:
“As a theatre composer, Bernstein and his collaborators brought us such outstanding shows as On The Town, Wonderful Town, West Side Story, and Candide. As a composer for the concert hall, Bernstein’s scores united diverse musical elements at a time when it was frowned upon to do so. His courage in mixing genres paved the way for future generations of composers to take similar risks.
Bernstein’s compositions embraced the world in which he lived. For example, his Symphony No. 2: The Age of Anxiety, explored the psychic damage of World War II. His musical Candide was devised as a protest against the evils of McCarthyism in the 1950s. West Side Story confronted head-on the bitter ramifications of bigotry and prejudice. His prophetic Mass from 1971, which expresses a war-torn nation’s crisis of faith, brings together musical styles as diverse as America itself.
The Leonard Bernstein Memory Project is a growing collection of Bernstein-related memories from around the world. Fans and friends of Bernstein are invited to contribute their reminiscences on the newly renovated Centennial website.”
In our upcoming American Mavericks concert, the Cape Symphony will remember Leonard Bernstein with his Symphonic Dances from West Side Story and Divertimento, composed for the 100th anniversary of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. We hope you’ll join us for this celebration of the peerless maestro’s 100th birthday and the incredible music he gave to the world.