In celebration of the centenary of Leonard Bernstein's birth, the Curtis Institute of Music, Opera Philadelphia and the National Museum of American Jewish History have teamed up to examine how Bernstein explored questions of identity through his late opera A Quiet Place.
The organizations will hold a roundtable discussion called "Bernstein, Identity and A Quiet Place" March 1 featuring panelists Ivy Weingram, curator of the museum's exhibition Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music, which opens March 16; Mikael Eliasen, artistic director of the Curtis Opera Theatre and artistic advisor to Opera Philadelphia; composer Jennifer Higdon; theater, film and opera director Daniel Fish; and soprano Ashley Milanese, a member of Curtis Opera Theatre and Opera Philadelphia Emerging Artist.
Curtis Opera Theatre and Opera Philadelphia will perform the American premiere of the chamber adaptation of A Quiet Place March 7, 9 and 11 at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia and March 13 at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College in New York.
This week on A Tempo (Saturday 2/24 at 7 pm), host Rachel Katz will speak with Weingram, Eliasen, and David Ludwig, chair of composition studies at Curtis, about the roundtable, A Quiet Place, and Bernstein's legacy.
This week's program also includes an update on Rider University's efforts to sell Westminster Choir College.