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Bernstein, The Arts and Race

Saturday, September 23, 2017 4:00 PM

Leonard Bernstein at 100 JFK Centennial Celebration

Renowned panelists discuss the legendary American composer and conductor's commitment to an integrated society, using Carol Oja’s book Bernstein Meets Broadway: Collaborative Art in a Time of War as a starting point. FREE event, general admission tickets distributed one hour beforehand. 

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Free tickets for general admission seating will be distributed outside of the theater in the Hall of States beginning one hour before the event. Limit 2 tickets per person. Tickets and seating are first-come, first-served. 

As part of Leonard Bernstein at 100, the Kennedy Center presents this unique forum that will engage with the legendary American composer and conductor's commitment to an integrated society. This manifested throughout his work and career with an inclusive approach to artists of color. Using Carol Oja’s book Bernstein Meets Broadway: Collaborative Art in a Time of War as a starting point, and including lively presentations and conversations, the panel will look at where we were then and where we are now. Panelists will include author Carol Oja, Leonard's daughter and director Jamie Bernstein, American soprano Harolyn Blackwell, Broadway Theatre League Trustee & ASU VP of Cultural Affairs Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, and Tony Award®–winning actress Karen Olivo.

"Back in the 1940s, as a commitment to racial desegregation informed the work of Bernstein and his colleagues in deeply meaningful ways, it affected both a political ideology underlying their art and the nature of the art itself, contributing to a strong sense of collaboration and community."
-Carol Oja

Part of JFKC: A Centennial Celebration of John F. Kennedy