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• One of the most widely performed composers of the 20th century
• Works successfully bridge between classical and popular idioms, combining jazz-inspired energy and theatrical panache
• Acclaimed stage works include West Side Story, On the Town and Candide
• Dance collaborations with Jerome Robbins including Fancy Free, Facsimile and The Dybbuk
• One of the most admired conductors of the post-war era, particularly associated with the New York, Israel, and Vienna philharmonics; Boston and London symphony orchestras; and Tanglewood Festival
• Important role as an educator, including pioneering work on television
• Output recorded extensively on Sony and Deutsche Grammophon

Works by Leonard Bernstein include:
Symphony No.2 'The Age of Anxiety' (1949) for piano and orchestra
Candide (1956/88) Comic operetta in two acts
Symphonic Dances from 'West Side Story' (1960) for orchestra
Mass (1971) A theatre piece for singers, players and dancers

Looking Ahead: A new production of MASS returns to The Kennedy Center marking five decades since the work opened the venue in 1971. The performance is directed by Alison Moritz, featuring conductor James Gaffigan and 2020 Marian Anderson Award winner Will Liverman as the Celebrant (September 15-18).

"Bernstein's music is cross-over without compromise, a corpus of work that simply had to be." — Independent

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