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Celebrating 100 years of Bernstein

To mark the 100th birthday of legendary composer Leonard Bernstein, the KU School of Music will host a two-day conference and present the Candide

A KU Lenny-Centennial: The Musical Theater of Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)

On Jan. 19 and 20, KU will host the symposium "A KU Lenny-Centennial: The Musical Theater of Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)" at Swarthout Recital Hall. Keynote speakers will be KU Professor Paul Laird and Elizabeth Wells, a music professor at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada, who has written a book about West Side Story. Lectures will be intermixed with performances of Bernstein's work by KU voice students.


The celebration’s performance centerpiece will be KU Opera’s production of Bernstein’s “Candide” Friday, Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 20 at 12 p.m.; and Sunday, Jan. 21 at 2:30 p.m. in Crafton-Preyer Theatre on KU’s Lawrence campus. KU Opera will perform the 1973-74 Chelsea/Broadway version of “Candide, with book by Hugh Wheeler and famous selections from Bernstein’s score placed in one act and emphasizing the show’s satire and humor. Thirty minutes prior to each performance, Paul Laird, KU musicology professor and a leading academic Bernstein scholar, will give a pre-performance lecture in Crafton Preyer Theatre.

Tickets, $10 for adults and $5 for seniors, students and children, can purchased at Murphy Hall Room 460, by calling 785-864-3436 or emailing music@ku.edu.

*Due to a 5 p.m. KU Men's Basketball game on Jan. 20, those attending the performance and symposium that day can park in lots 8, 17, 34, 35, or 61. They can also park in the Allen Fieldhouse Parking Garage until 3:15 p.m.

Read about Bernstein's influenced the the careers of Professors Joyce Castle and Paul Laird in the latest issue of Serenade, a KU School of Music publication. 

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