Saturday 3 March 20182:00 PM - 3:30 PMAdd to calendar

Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, 2316 W. First Avenue, Spokane, Washington, 99201, United StatesView map

Program Description:  To celebrate the 100th birthday of American icon Leonard Bernstein (1918 – 1990) composer Donivan Johnson will discuss the life, works and influence of one of the greatest musicians of the 20th Century. Leonard Bernstein was a pianist, composer, conductor and educator of enormous vitality and charisma. His early success as a conductor at age 25, which made the front page of the New York Times, through his career as composer of Broadway hits culminating in the work that changed musical theater, West Side Story, and for many, the most well-known orchestra conductor of our time, will be examined. Johnson will explore with his audience the numerous influences on Bernstein the composer: Jewish liturgical music, Latin American rhythms, jazz, odd meters, classical references, and more. Audience participation, as always, will be a part of this program with “Name That Bernstein Tune!” Bernstein was not, however, without faults. Johnson will share the stories of many who came into Bernstein’s orbit and went away with less than positive adulation for this “never-aging, self-indulgent, Peter Pan wunderkind.” This program/concert will feature many examples from Bernstein’s vast catalogue of works, both classical and popular. Two compositions by Johnson, dedicated to the memory of Bernstein will also be performed: Hineh ma tov and A Simple Psalm Setting.*Free parking available on the Museum's campus. 

Cost: $9, suggested donation

Location: Museum's Eric A. Johnston Auditorium

Limit: 170 

About the Presenter:  Donivan Johnson is a composer, lecturer, and now retired school teacher. Since 2011 he has given eight lecture/concerts at the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture in conjunction with current exhibits and programs. In 2009, he and the Museum were the recipients of the Humanities Washington Award.