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Mount Allison music department hosting conference to honour Bernstein’s 100th

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Composer was key figure in history of American music

SACKVILLE, N.B. – On Friday, Jan. 25 and Saturday, Jan. 26, Mount Allison’s department of music will host a series of lectures and concerts in celebration of what would be Leonard Bernstein’s 100th year.

The life and work of the famed American composer will be explored by keynote speaker Paul Laird – celebrated author, lecturer, and director of musicology at the University of Kansas. Mount Allison’s Elizabeth Wells, herself a Bernstein authority, will be presenting throughout the conference.

The Leonard Bernstein at 100 conference will begin Jan. 25 at 1 p.m. with a joint lecture on Bernstein’s Musical Theater by Laird and Wells, followed by an exploration of Bernstein on video, a conversation with Laird, and a 7:30 p.m. concert of Bernstein works featuring music department faculty, students, and guests.

On Saturday at 9 a.m., the conference resumes with a second musical theater session by Laird and Wells, featuring performances by music department vocalists. At 11:15 a.m., Mount Allison faculty, students and alumni will present lectures and musical performances. All events will take place in Brunton Auditorium at the Marjorie Young Bell Conservatory of Music.

Bernstein was a key figure in the history of American music and one of the most recognized figures of the last century. A composer, conductor, pianist, music educator, and cultural ambassador, his enviable career included helping to bridge the divide between classical and popular music, bringing music education to children through his Young People’s concerts, conducting the New York Philharmonic, and composing seminal musical works like West Side Story.

“Leonard Bernstein continues to be an important figure in music and his 100th anniversary is the perfect time to reassess his legacy and be reminded of the important music he wrote. I am thrilled that we are celebrating Bernstein at Mount Allison this year,” says Wells.

The conference is free to attend and open to the public.

For additional information, phone 506-364-2374 or e-mail music@mta.ca.

To view the detailed schedule of Leonard Bernstein at 100 events, visit www.mta.ca/music/.

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