Combining art and popular culture is typically American. No twentieth-century composer did so as convincingly as Leonard Bernstein did. Indeed, he composed symphonies and choral works with the same flair with which he wrote songs and musicals. He often manages to seamlessly interweave classical, modern and swing influences in a single work.
Those familiar only with his swinging musical West Side Story may well be surprised by the ‘Jeremiah’ Symphony, in which Bernstein shows his serious, sensitive side. This is music of mourning, compassion and hope, and a sign of engagement with the war drama that was taking place in Europe at the time.
Conductor Gustavo Gimeno will be taking a closer look at the many different facets of Leonard Bernstein. Composer Richard Rijnvos has written a new work commissioned by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amérique du Nord. This work is part of the cycle Grand Atlas, représentation du monde universel en sept tableaux musicaux.
In cooporation with The John Adams Institute