Here in London, Bernstein 100 events at the Barbican start with a concert by the London Symphony Orchestra under Marin Alsop (5 Nov), when Bernstein's soulful Symphony No 3, Kaddish is played alongside the Adagio from Mahler's Symphony No 10. Bernstein's work is dedicated to the memory of John F Kennedy, who had been assassinated weeks before the first performance in 1963.
Mahler and Bernstein are paired again when Alsop, who was a protegée of Bernstein, conducts each composer's first symphony – Mahler's Titan and Bernstein's Jeremiah (8 Nov).
The mood lightens when Sir Simon Rattle conducts the LSO in the concert version of his musical Wonderful Town, after the Symphony No 2 The Age of Anxiety, first performed in 1949 and based on a poem by WH Auden that explores individuals and relationships. Danielle de Niese is among the soloists.
Danielle de Niese sings in the Bernstein 100 concert on 16 December
The Bernstein 100 celebration concludes with a whole anniversary weekend (27-28 Jan), when there are concerts throughout the BBC Total Immersion Saturday, a free talk, and Sunday cabaret at Milton Court.
Happy birthday, dear Lenny, happy birthday to you...
|What||Bernstein 100, Barbican Centre|
|Where||Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Barbican (underground)|
05 Nov 17 – 28 Jan 18, times vary; 10 events
|Price||£0 - £55|
|Website||Click here for more information and booking|