Free public event at the National Museum of American Jewish History
PHILADELPHIA—February 19, 2018—The Curtis Institute of Music, Opera Philadelphia, and the National Museum of American Jewish History join together for a conversation about how Leonard Bernstein’s identity shaped his final opera, A Quiet Place, on Thursday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the National Museum of American Jewish History, 5th and Market Streets. Admission is free and advance registration is required at www.nmajh.org.
Best known for creating cultural touchstones like West Side Story, On the Waterfront, and Candide, Leonard Bernstein described A Quiet Place as “unlike any work I have ever written or seen.” The story of a suburban family grappling with tragedy and long-buried resentments, the work was a stark departure from Bernstein’s earlier, more exuberant stage works.
Panelists include Ivy Weingram, curator of the museum’s Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music; Mikael Eliasen, artistic director of the Curtis Opera Theatre and artistic advisor to Opera Philadelphia; Jennifer Higdon, Milton L. Rock Chair in Composition Studies at Curtis, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, and recent recipient of two 2018 Grammy Awards; Daniel Fish, acclaimed director of theater, film, and opera; and soprano Ashley Milanese, a member of the Curtis Opera Theatre and Opera Philadelphia Emerging Artist.
Bernstein, Identity, and A Quiet Place is presented in conjunction with the Curtis Opera Theatre’s performances of A Quiet Place, performed in Philadelphia March 7, 9, and 11 in partnership with Opera Philadelphia and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, and in New York City March 13 at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College; as well as the exhibit Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music, opening March 16 at the National Museum of American History.
BERNSTEIN, IDENTITY, AND A QUIET PLACE
Thursday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m.
National Museum of American Jewish History, 5th and Market Streets
Free with advance registration
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