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    Leonard Bernstein - The Power of Music

    National Museum of American Jewish History

    101 S Independence Mall East
    Philadelphia, PA 19106

    Monday April 20th 2020 to Friday July 31st 2020

    • Sundays

      9:00am to 12:00am

    • Mondays

      9:00AM to 12:00am

    • Tuesdays

      9:00AM to 12:00am

    • Wednesdays

      9:00am to 12:00am

    • Thursdays

      9:00am to 12:00am

    • Fridays

      9:00am to 12:00am

    • Saturdays

      9:00am to 12:00pm

    Celebrate the centennial birthday of one of the greatest composers and conductors of the 20th century.

    Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music is the first large-scale museum exhibition to illustrate Leonard Bernstein’s life, Jewish identity, and social activism. Audiences may be familiar with many of Bernstein’s works, notably West Side Story, but not necessarily with how he responded to the political and social crises of his day. Visitors will find an individual who expressed the restlessness, anxiety, fear, and hope of an American Jew living through World War II and the Holocaust, Vietnam, and turbulent social change—what Bernstein referred to as his “search for a solution to the 20th‐century crisis of faith.”

    The exhibition explores his Jewish identity and social activism in the context of his position as an American conductor and his works as a composer. It features interactive media and sound installations along approximately 100 historic artifacts, including Bernstein’s piano, marked-up scores, conducting suit, annotated copy of Romeo and Juliet used for the development of West Side Story, personal family Judaica, composing easel, and a number of objects from his studio.


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