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.
— Lara Downes

ANNIVERSARIES FOR LENNY

Lara Downes is proud to announce a special concert and recording 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. 

A uniquely intimate tribute to Bernstein, 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, Lara honors the life and legacy of Leonard Bernstein as a musical giant, an American icon, and an eternal inspiration. This project will be released as a recording in early 2018.

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

Lenny’s letter to my mother when I was 16 brought me to the coast, Curtis, and Juilliard; studying with him during his final years was an honor and a privilege. To have been gifted this opportunity to recall and celebrate him in the intimate, heartfelt manner of his own “Anniversaries” is a once in a lifetime blessing.
— Daron Hagen