The Oratorio Society of Minnesota is proud to join the world-wide celebration of the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein, the composer, the conductor, educator, musician, cultural ambassador, and humanitarian. This concert will be performed by the Society’s Summer Chorus, a festival chorus of 150 singers, world-class soloists and a professional orchestra, conducted by Artistic Director Matthew Mehaffey.
Leonard Bernstein–celebrated as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century –ushered in an era of major cultural and technological transition. He led the way in advocating an open attitude about what constituted “good” music, actively bridging the gap between classical music, Broadway musicals, jazz, and rock, and he seized new media for its potential to reach diverse communities of listeners, young and old. Longtime conductor of the New York Philharmonic, renowned composer of works for the concert hall and Broadway stage, glamorous television personality, virtuosic pianist, and committed educator, Bernstein was a multi-tasker long before the term was coined. Bernstein–or “Lenny,” as he was often affectionately called–was an extravagantly gifted musician with a common touch. He maintained a life-long focus on advocating for social justice, notably civil rights at home and peace around the world.
Join us for this birthday celebration featuring both classical and theatrical music by one of America’s most loved composers.