Leonard Bernstein during an ORF interview on the roof of the Hotel Sacher.
© First Look/picturedesk.com

Happy Birthday, Lenny!

Leonard Bernstein was considered to be one of the greatest conductors of the 20th century. As the music director of the New York Philharmonic, he shaped the musical self-confidence of the USA. His own compositions encompassed every genre and ranged from the musical "West Side Story" to the opera "A Quiet Place". The charismatic unconventional thinker, who was born the son of Russian immigrants in Massachusetts in 1918, would have turned 100 years old this year. To mark the occasion, the Judenplatz Museum focuses on his relationship with Vienna as the city of music in its exhibition "Leonard Bernstein. A New Yorker in Vienna", looks at his Jewish roots, and also honors him as a political person. Presented alongside one of the maestro's original tailcoats are photographs, video clips and acoustic contributions. And the House of Music dedicates the new cabinet exhibition "Embracing Music - Leonard Bernstein at 100" to the exceptional artist.

Bernstein and the Vienna Philharmonic

Leonard Bernstein had a lifelong relationship with Vienna. He came here repeatedly from 1966 until his death in 1990, mostly for his collaboration with the Vienna Philharmonic. As a Jew, Bernstein had an ambivalent relationship with this city. In a letter to his parents in March 1966, 21 years after the end of the Shoa, he wrote, "I am enjoying Vienna enormously - as much as a Jew can. The place is full of sad memories and one has to deal with so many ex-Nazis (and possibly those who are still Nazis); and you can never be sure whether one of those shouting bravo wouldn't have simply shot you dead 25 years ago. But it is better to forgive and, if possible, even to forget. […] Your Wiener Schnitzel Lenny."

Leonard Bernstein. A New Yorker in Vienna

October 17, 2018 - April 28, 2019

Judenplatz Museum Misrachi House

Judenplatz 8, 1010 Wien
  • Prices

    • Tickets offer admission to the Judenplatz Museum and Jewish Museum
    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: 2€ off
  • Opening times

    • Su - Th, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Fr, 10:00 - 14:00
    • During summertime Fr, 10:00 - 17:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps
    • Further information
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Discounted entry for people with disabilities 8 Euro (1 companion free) and people with social pass/mobility pass (photographic ID required).

    • Comments

      Exhibition rooms: no steps, synagogue excavation not wheelchair-accessible.

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Embracing Music. Leonard Bernstein at 100

October 17, 2018 - May 5, 2019

House of Music (Haus der Musik) The Sound Museum

Seilerstätte 30 , 1010 Wien
  • Prices

    • Adults   €13
    • Children (0 to 3 years)  €0
    • Children (4 to 11 years)  €6
    • Family   €29
    • "Night Ticket" (8 - 10 p.m.): 6,50 €. Combination ticket House of Music & Mozarthaus Vienna: 18 €.
    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: 4€ off
  • Opening times

    • daily, 10:00 - 22:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Automatic sliding doors )
    • Side entrance
      • no steps
    • Elevator available
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Tours in sign language on request, as well as tours for blind and visually impaired people.

    • Comments

      Access to all exhibition rooms and café: no steps (via elevator).

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