Anniversaries for Lenny

Lara Downes is proud to announce a special project in commemoration of the 2018 Leonard Bernstein Centennial. Anniversaries for Lenny pairs Bernstein’s complete Anniversaries for Piano with a group of  newly commissioned “Anniversaries” from composers who are profoundly connected to the Bernstein legacy, including John Corigliano, David Rakowski, Ned Rorem, Stephen Schwartz and Bright Sheng. The complete collection of works will be released as a recording in 2018.

A uniquely intimate tribute to the man and his music, this concert can be presented with the participation of Alexander Bernstein (the composer's son) as narrator, sharing personal stories about the friends and family to whom Bernstein's Anniversaries were dedicated, along with images and film clips of the composer at home and at work.

As we celebrate this 100th anniversary, we honor the life and legacy of Leonard Bernstein as a musical giant and an American icon. In Lara's own words: "Bernstein's incomparable ability to communicate his deep and abiding belief in the power of music changed American culture in his own time, and inspired the next generations of American musicians (myself included) always to follow his star."

I worshipped him (still do) and would do anything to honor him.
— John Corigliano


  • Juantio Becenti
  • Eve Beglarian
  • Theo Bleckmann
  • William Bolcom
  • Jason Robert Brown
  • Michael Brown
  • John Corigliano
  • Avner Dorman
  • Daniel Felsenfeld
  • Donal Fox
  • Ricky Ian Gordon
  • Daron Hagen
  • Laura Karpman
  • David Rakowski
  • Shulamit Ran
  • Ned Rorem
  • Daniel Roumain
  • Eleonor Sandresky
  • Stephen Schwartz
  • Bright Sheng
  • Jeffrey Stock
  • Craig Urquhart
  • Julian Wachner