Music Department

Bernstein at 100

Leonard Bernstein, one the most famous classical musicians of the 20th century, would have turned 100 in 2018. As part of worldwide Bernstein celebrations (#bernsteinat100), Nazareth College is featuring a day of talks and an evening performance about Bernstein and his works.

Date: Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018

Location: Nazareth College, 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618

Bernstein at 100 Conference

Location: Room A14 (Peace Theater), Nazareth College Arts Center Music Building

9:45 a.m. "Why Celebrate? Leonard Bernstein's Legacy"
Elizabeth Wells, Mount Allison University
10 a.m. Session 1

"Oldest Words, Youngest Music: Canonical Texts Shaping Leonard Bernstein's and Steve Reich's Hebrew Psalm Settings"
Martha Sullivan, Rutgers University

"Hashkiveinu, Chichester Psalms, and Solomon Braslavsky"
Ann Glazer Niren, Indiana University Southeast

"There's No Jewish Cantata: Bernstein's Early Jewish Choral Works"
Georgia Luikens, Brandeis University
11:30 a.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. Keynote Presentation: "A Hint of West Side Story: The Genesis and Conception of Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms"
Paul Laird, University of Kansas
1:30 p.m. Break

1:45 p.m.

Session 2

“Three Windows into Chichester Psalms” 
Michael Slon, University of Virginia

"American Dream to American Icon: The Bernstein Family and the Immigrant Experience"
Dorothy Glick, University of Kansas

"Leonard Bernstein and Spirituality"
Katherine Baber, Redlands University

 3:15 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m.

Session 3

"Leonard Bernstein and the White House"
Alicia Kopfstein-Penk, American University, Washington

"Bernstein's West Side Story: An Inside Look from a Percussionist's Perspective"
Kristen Shiner McGuire, Nazareth College (Room A4 Rehearsal Hall)


Conference Contact
Elizabeth A. Wells, Ph.D.,

Evening Concert

Bernstein at 100: A Celebration

  • 7:30 – 9 p.m. Nov. 10, 2018
  • Beston Hall, Glazer Music Performance Center at Nazareth College
  • Free

This concert is part of an extended celebration of the opening of Nazareth’s acoustically excellent music hall. Learn more about Glazer Music Performance Center.