Concerts from the Library of Congress, 2017-2018

SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2018 at 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Photo: Leonard Bernstein

Montpelier Room, James Madison Building

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(tickets available 12/13/2017, beginning at 10 AM)

Feel the Bernstein: dive into our special, day-long program, an immersive experience anchored by an extensive display of manuscripts, letters, playbills,  photographs and memorabilia, sketches, casting notes, and designs. The day will include informal talks by Music Division curators, video clips from Bernstein’s lectures and educational shows, a #Declassified presentation on “Bernstein and Social Identity,” and plenty of interesting revelations: fascinating stories, notes, and cut songs from On the Town, West Side Story and Candide, with pianist Jon Kalbfleisch and a team of singers on hand for musical vignettes.

We cordially invite you to sample treasures from our Leonard Bernstein Collection, which includes over 400,000 items given to the Library of Congress by the composer and his family since 1953.


11:00 am - Opening with #DECLASSIFIED: “Bernstein and Social Identity,” Nicholas A. Brown, Director of Special Productions & Initiatives, Washington Performing Arts

12:00 pm - "Bernstein's Music for Piano," Leann Osterkamp, pianist

1:00 pm - BREAK

1:30 pm - "Perspectives on Candide," James Wintle, Music Division

2:15 pm - "On the Town: From the Bronx to the Battery to Broadway," Janet McKinney, Music Division

3:00 pm - "West Side Stories," Cait Miller, Music Division
Cut songs from Candide, On the Town and West Side Story will be performed by Jon Kalbfleisch & friends!

3:45 pm - BREAK

4:00 pm - "The Leonard Bernstein Collection, or What It's Like to Handle Almost Every Piece of Paper Bernstein Touched – All 400,000+ of Them!" Mark Eden Horowitz, Music Division

Patrons are enthusiastically encouraged to drop by for all or part of this daylong marathon!


Explore our vast new Bernstein website, featuring thousands of items and tens-of-thousands of pages from the collection at:

The new site includes Bernstein musical sketches, writings by Bernstein, and correspondence with his family, Aaron Copland, Serge Koussevitzky, and many others.