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Bernstein, Identity, and A Quiet Place

At the National Museum of American Jewish History
FREE with advance registration 

Presented with the Curtis Institute of Music and Opera Philadelphia

As a composer, Leonard Bernstein is best known for creating cultural touchstones like West Side Story, On the Waterfront, and Candide. However he described his opera A Quiet Place as “unlike any work I have ever written or seen.” The story of a suburban family grappling with tragedy and long-buried resentments, the work was a stark departure from Bernstein’s younger, more exuberant style. 

Join the Curtis Institute of Music, Opera Philadelphia, and NMAJH for a conversation how Leonard Bernstein’s identity shaped A Quiet Place. Panelists include Ivy Weingram, curator of the Museum’s Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music; Mikael Eliasen, artistic director of the Curtis Opera Theatre and artistic advisor to Opera Philadelphia; Jennifer Higdon, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and recipient of two 2018 Grammy Awards; Daniel Fish, acclaimed director of theater, film and opera; and soprano Ashley Milanese, a member of the Curtis Opera Theatre and Opera Philadelphia Emerging Artist.

Presented in conjunction with Curtis Opera Theatre's Bernstein: A Quiet Place and Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music

The Curtis Opera Theatre performs
A Quiet Place March 7, 9, and 11 at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia and March 13 at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College in New York.