The Kennedy Center

Celebrating Leonard Bernstein at 100

The Washington-area arts community is thrilled to take part in the international centennial celebration of Leonard Bernstein at 100 — a year of local, national, and worldwide events that pay tribute to this incomparable artist whose influence and impact on arts and culture in the U.S. and around the world have transcended genres and generations.

Throughout the celebration, performances of theater, classical, jazz, choral works, dance, and education events will explore the many facets of Leonard Bernstein as musician, composer, educator, and humanitarian.

Leonard Bernstein at 100 partners include AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center; Atlas Performing Arts Center; Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; Cathedral Choral Society; a collaboration between Catholic University of America Music Theatre Division and Arena Stage; CityDance Conservatory; the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, DC; Levine School of Music; The Phillips Collection; Vocal Arts DC; Washington Master Chorale; Washington Performing Arts; and Wolf Trap.

While truly a citizen artist to the world, Washington, D.C. was one of Leonard Bernstein's creative homes. Bernstein frequented the Kennedy White House, regularly composed for and conducted Washington ensembles and at area venues, served as emcee for the fundraiser for the National Performing Arts Center (later named the Kennedy Center) and premiered lasting and notable works such as MASS — at the opening of the Center — and West Side Story here in the nation’s capital.

Event Calendar

Timeline: Bernstein in DC


  • AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
  • Arena Stage
  •  Atlast Performing Arts Center
  • Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
  • Cathedral Choral Society
  • Catholic University of America
  • Choral Arts Society of Washington
  • CityDance School and Conservatory
  • Aaron Copland, Copland House
  • Gay Men's Chorus of Washington DC
  • Lenny and Friends
  • Levine Music
  • The Phillips Collection
  • Chamber Music at The Barns
  • Vocal Arts DC
  • The Washington Chorus
  • Washington Master Chorale
  • Washington Performing Arts