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Bernstein Findings: What is American Music?


Thursday, January 25, 2018, 6 p.m.
Free - Reservation Required
Free General Admission Ticket

January 18, 1950 – WNYC, live from Tanglewood: “Here, seated around two pianos are four of the leading American composers – Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, Lucas Foss, and Irving Fine… Probably the best way to give you a good picture of what American music promises for the future, is to just throw the topic to the four gentlemen, like tossing it to the lions, as it were, and let them bat it around…” As part of our Bernstein centennial celebration, the Library reconsiders the question “What is American Music.” After listening to a historic WNYC recording of Bernstein and his contemporaries, a diverse quartet of contemporary music makers, including Vijay Iyer, Gabriel Kahane, Tania Leon, and Julia Wolfe, gather around the piano to discuss a new definition for what is American.

Reserve your general admission seat HERE starting December 25, 2017.

Live Oak Polka
Live Oak Polka by J.H. Kalbfleisch


Gabriel KahaneVijay IyerTania LeonJulia Wolfe. © 2009, Peter Serling


(If you need assistance with online reservations, please visit the welcome desk at the Library for the Performing Arts' Lincoln Center Plaza entrance, where volunteers will make a reservation for you, even if you do not use email. For free events, The Library generally overbooks to ensure a full house. All registered seats are released 15 minutes before start time, so we recommend that you arrive early.)

Recommended Reading/Viewing:

1. American music : a panorama

2. Modern American music : from Charles Ives to the minimalists

3. Copland and the American sound