Celebrate the Holidays with Leonard Bernstein
This November, Carnegie Hall+ continues its exploration of Leonard Bernstein’s extensive body of work as both conductor and composer with special programming for the holiday season, including a dramatic performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony performed at the Berlin Wall on Christmas Day in 1989. An intimate documentary explores the making of West Side Story with never-before-seen rehearsal and recording footage that features Kiri Te Kanawa and José Carreras, and a spectacular BBC Proms event showcases the excitement and diversity of Bernstein’s Mass with baritone Jubilant Sykes. New to Carnegie Hall+ for the holidays is a performance of songs and carols by pop icon Sting from Durham Cathedral.
New Programs on Carnegie Hall+
Leonard Bernstein: Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony
from East Berlin on Christmas Day 1989
In a special Christmas Day performance at the Berlin Wall in 1989, Leonard Bernstein conducts Beethoven’s glorious Ninth Symphony, an affirmation of optimism, beauty, and universality written when the composer was almost completely deaf.
Leonard Bernstein: The Making of West Side Story
In 1984—27 years after the premiere of West Side Story—Bernstein conducted the first complete recording of the work, with soprano Kiri Te Kanawa and tenor José Carreras. This documentary explores the making of the acclaimed recording.
Leonard Bernstein’s Mass
Featuring Jubilant Sykes
Wayne Marshall leads the Orchestre de Paris in Bernstein’s exuberant and transgressive Mass, with baritone Jubilant Sykes. Premiered in 1971, the work mixes musical idioms as it explores the strain of keeping faith during turbulent times.
Sting: A Winter’s Night
at Durham Cathedral
Sting offers songs and carols that capture the reflective spirit of winter and the holiday season. In the North of England near where Sting grew up, Durham’s thousand-year-old cathedral provides the concert’s majestic backdrop.