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Leonard Bernstein at 100 Celebration

Sunday, February 25, 2018

The best art is political and you ought to be able to make it unquestionably political and irrevocably beautiful at the same time

​Toni Morrison

This past week's Colorado College three-day symposium celebrating Leonard Bernstein at 100, addressed the differences he made in our appreciation of classical music, musical theater, conducting choreography, our understanding of Gustav Mahler, Bernstein's own Jewish identity, and his lifelong commitment to social justice. 

The Mahler video above is from Bernstein's Norton Lecture series titled, "The Unanswered Question" during his tenure as the Harvard, Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry for the 1972-73 academic year. There is a few seconds break in the beginning just after Bernstein finishes an Arnold Schoenberg lecture, and before he starts the Mahler lecture.   

The Colorado College symposium attendees were thoughtful and could not help but compare Bernstein's 1950s through 1980s political passion and commitment to science, art, music and humanities, particularly in light of climate changes, and this past week's ongoing "weapon of war" attempt to destroy the part of society we cherish the most: the children who have now become a new world rising up from the ashes of school massacres to collectively use their voices and power to stop the madness. 

Leonard Bernstein would have loved these passionately committed young people. 

Enjoy and have a thoughtful Sunday morning. 

Ellen Troyer, with Spencer Thornton, David Amess and the Biosyntrx staff

Biosyntrx strongly believes that appreciation, exploration, education and commitment to science, art, music, and humanities add significantly to the global greater good and are important parts of the intellectual whole.


Ellen Troyer, MT MA

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