CU Bernstein at 100 comprises nearly 20 events on the CU Boulder campus over the course of the Fall 2018 semester. Highlights include a colloquium with special guests Jamie Bernstein, former New York Philharmonic concertmaster Glenn Dicterow, and Bernstein scholar Carol Oja; our own recreation of a Young People’s Concert; and Eklund Opera Program’s production of “West Side Story.”

  • Bernstein on a stool conductingCU Marching Band performs selections from West Side Story
    Members of the Marching Band and the Dance and Theatre Department present West Side Story
    (arrangements of Mambo, Cool, Tonight) during the CU football game halftime show.
    Friday, Aug. 31, Halftime Show
    CU Football Game, Sports Authority Field, Denver
  • CU on the Weekend “Musical Conversations”
    "Bernstein as Teacher: Exploring the Language of Music."
    A presentation by Steve Bruns, Philip Chang, and Keith Waters
    Saturday, Sept. 8, 1-3 p.m.
    Chamber Hall (C199), Imig Music Building
    (This event is ticketed by the Office for Outreach and Engagement. Free required tickets will be distributed at noon on Sept. 8 at Imig music building on a first-come, first-serve basis. For questions, please contact or 303-492-4561.)
  • Faculty Tuesday (Jazz faculty) 
    "Celebrating Bernstein"
    Tuesday, Sept. 11, 7:30 p.m.
    Grusin Music Hall, Imig Music Building
  • CU Marching Band performs selection from West Side Story
    Members of the Marching Band and the Dance and Theatre Department present West Side Story
    (arrangements of Mambo, Cool, Tonight) during the CU football game halftime show.
    Saturday, Sept. 15, Halftime Show
    Folsom Field, CU campus
  • CU Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band
    The CU Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band celebrate Bernstein by featuring some of his greatest theater works: Slava!, Candide Suite, and Three Dance Episodes from On the Town. Join us in Macky Auditorium as we pay tribute to one of the most well known and loved composers of our time.
    Thursday, Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m.
    Macky Auditorium
  • Film: The Dybbuk
    Join the College of Music, the Program in Jewish Studies, and the Department of Cinema Studies and Moving Image Arts for a screening of the 1937 film, The Dybbuk, the film that inspired Leonard Bernstein's musical compositions for the 1974 ballet of the same title. The screening will be preceded by short talks about Bernstein and the film by CU professors Andrew Cooperstock, Yonatan Malin, Nan Goodman, and Ernesto Acevedo-Munoz, as well as Kathryn Bernheimer, director of ACE: Arts, Culture, and Education at the Boulder Jewish Community Center.
    Sunday, Sept. 23, 6:00 p.m.
    Room 100, Atlas Building
  • Public Talk with Carol Oja, Jamie Bernstein, and Glenn Dicterow (moderated by AMRC director Susan Thomas)    
    New Director of the CU American Music Research Center Susan Thomas moderates a lively and personal panel discussion on Leonard Bernstein with guests Jamie Bernstein, the composer’s daughter; Glenn Dicterow, former concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic; and Carol Oja, leading Bernstein scholar, from Harvard. The discussion will conclude with questions from the audience. Come welcome our guests, as they embark on a weeklong residency of additional exciting events.
    Monday, Sept. 24, 4-6 p.m.
    Grusin Music Hall, Imig Music Building
  • Faculty Tuesday: Chamber Music of Leonard Bernstein, with Jamie Bernstein
    Come celebrate Leonard Bernstein’s chamber music and experience the more personal side of his compositions. Bernstein’s eldest daughter, Jamie, hosts this concert featuring CU music faculty and guests. Works include selections from Candide, Peter Pan, and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue; selected Piano Anniversaries; the Clarinet Sonata; Brass Music; and some surprises!
    Tuesday, Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m.
    Grusin Music Hall, Imig Music Building
  • Keyboard Department Student Recital "Anniversaries"
    Throughout his career, Leonard Bernstein composed 29 Anniversaries for solo piano, each dedicated to someone important to the composer. Join our College of Music piano students as they explore these highly personal and beautiful miniatures. Selections include “For Aaron Copland,” “For Stephen Sondheim,” “For My Daughter, Nina,” and many more.
    Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2:00 pm
    Grusin Music Hall, Imig Music Building
  • Citizen, Conductor, Composer: The Continuing Legacy of Leonard Bernstein. 
    The Entrepreneurship Center for Music presents a conversation with Carol Oja on the enduring impact of a unique career.
    Wednesday, Sept. 26, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
    Chamber Hall (C199), Imig Music Building
  • Concert: CU Symphony Orchestra 
    The University Symphony Orchestra and conductor Gary Lewis celebrate "Bernstein at 100" with Leonard Bernstein’s daughter, Jamie Bernstein, narrating and guest artist, former New York Philharmonic Orchestra Concertmaster, Glenn Dicterow.  Repertoire will include Bernstein’s Overture to “Candide" and Suite from “On the Waterfront” along with the Barber Violin Concerto.
    Thursday, Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m.
    Macky Auditorium

  • Young People’s Concert
    (A local event for elementary school students)
    Friday, Sept. 28
    Macky Auditorium
  • CU Marching Band performs selections from West Side Story
    Members of the Marching Band and the Dance and Theatre Department present West Side Story
    (arrangements of Mambo, Cool, Tonight) during the CU football game halftime show.
    Friday, Sept. 28, Halftime Show
    Folsom Field, CU campus
  • Glenn Dicterow Master Class
    One of the most respected and influential concertmasters of his generation, Mr. Dicterow worked with Music Directors Zubin Mehta, Kurt Mazur, Lorin Maazel and Alan Gilbert, as well as a long working relationship with Leonard Bernstein. He teaches at the USC Thornton School of music and is much in demand as a soloist, chamber musician and pedagogue.
    Friday, Sept. 28, 3-5 p.m. 
    Grusin Music Hall, Imig Music Building
  • Fall Festival of Choirs Concert (Chichester Psalms, etc.)
    The University of Colorado’s two premiere choirs, University Singers and University Choir, will collaborate to perform Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms under the direction of CU’s Associate Director of Choral Studies, Dr. Elizabeth Swanson. A boy soloist from Colorado Children’s Chorale, organ, harp, and percussion will be included in the performance. Additionally, CU’s Men’s Chorus, Women’s Chorus, and Collegiate Chorale will be featured on the program, and the concert will culminate with a massed choir performance of Bernstein’s “Make Our Garden Grow” from Candide. Admission is free and there will be no intermission for this 75-minute concert in Macky Auditorium.
    Sunday, Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m.
    Macky Auditorium
  • Film: West Side Story Panel Discussion & Screening
    With Ernesto Acevedo-Muñoz
    The Department of Cinema Studies & Moving Image Arts and the College of Music present a special screening of the 1961 film version of West Side Story. Winner of 10 Academy Awards including "Best Picture” and "Best Director,” and of a special achievement Oscar for choreography, West Side Storyis the most honored musical film in Hollywood history. Film historian Ernesto Acevedo-Muñoz, Chair of the Department of Cinema Studies & Moving Image Arts, and author of the only scholarly book on the film, will offer a brief presentation on the challenges of adapting West Side Story to the screen, the changes made to the song order and lyrics, and the controversy surrounding "ghost singers" and casting. The stage director of CU Opera’s new production of West Side Story, Leigh Holman, and piano professor and Bernstein specialist Andrew Cooperstock will join a panel discussion on the movie’s impact, popularity, controversy, and longevity with American audiences.
    Sunday, Oct. 21, 2:00 p.m. (screening at 3 p.m.)
    Room 100, Atlas Building
  • CU Opera Brown Bag, West Side Story
    Wednesday, Oct. 24, Noon
    Chamber Hall (C199), Imig Music Building
  • CU Opera, West Side Story
    Friday-Sunday, Oct. 26-28
    Macky Auditorium
  • Faculty Tuesday (Age of Anxiety, Hsing-Ay Hsu with Jeremy Reger)
    Tuesday, Mar. 5, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
    Grusin Music Hall, Imig Music Building