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Leonard Bernstein
at 100


2018 MARKS THE 100th anniversary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein, American composer, conductor, pianist, educator, activist, and humanitarian. He has been called "one of the most prodigiously talented and successful musicians in American history."


“Lately, I’ve been disturbed by the racial-tension, rise of the white supremacy movement, the violence in America, and wanting with the art we present to combat it at Florida Rep. Recently I’ve thought a lot about a favorite quote of mine which is from Leonard Bernstein, ‘This will be our reply to violence, make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before!’ In other words, to combat the ugliness of the world with a greater devotion to creating beautiful, joyous theatre at the Rep.
ROBERT CACIOPPO
Founder & Producing Artistic Director
Florida Repertory Theatre

“How can we measure the reach of Bernstein's influence? While we celebrate his contributions as a composer, let us not forget his magnificent impact as teacher. His Young People's Concerts broadcast on CBS from 1958-1972 brought symphonic masterpieces into American homes, and Bernstein's thoughtful commentary made these works accessible to listeners. Through him, everyday citizens could understand and enjoy symphonic works. For me, his Harvard Lectures inspired me when I watched them as an undergraduate, and continue to open my ears as I view them today.”
TRENT R. BROWN
Artistic Director
Symphonic Chorale of SWFL
Associate Professor of Music
Director of Choral Activities
Bower School of Music
Florida Gulf Coast University

“Leonard Bernstein was a huge influence for me and my wanting to pursue a career in conducting.
I grew up watching him conduct on the newly created cable channel A&E and had the opportunity to see him live at Carnegie Hall a year before he passed away. Leonard Bernstein is also responsible for bridging the gap between classical music, jazz and musical theatre.”
MARK DANNI
Artistic Director
TheatreZone

“Leonard Bernstein is a shining example of what it means to be an American artist. Not only was he an incredible talent, he was an avid activist — who used his talents to not only create prolific works of art, but to promote positive social change, promote classical styles of art, and better his community. As a kid, I remember seeing him conducting on TV and hearing him speaking with passion about the world around him. To this day, I strive to be an artist that is as inspired and as engaged as he was.”
BRYCE ALEXANDER
Artistic Director
The Naples Players

“I love that Bernstein was a ‘cool cat.’ An amazing musician and composer who enjoyed the popular music of his day. No snobbery from this man. Bernstein was open minded. When asked about The Beatles he replied... ‘Three bars of ‘A Day In The Life’ still sustain me, rejuvenate me, inflame my senses and sensibilities'.”
GREG LONGENHAGEN
Assistant Professor of Theatre
Bower School of Music
Florida Gulf Coast University


January-February 2018