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Beyond “Maestro”: Leonard Bernstein’s Art, Jewishness and Legacy

Hosted By: Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA)

Bradley Cooper’s Oscar-nominated film “Maestro” introduced a new generation to the life and genius of Leonard Bernstein, one of the most important Jewish-American icons of the 20th century. But the movie mostly focused on Bernstein’s family life.

In this new online course, University of Arizona Prof. Matthew Mugmon — a leading scholar on Bernstein’s art and Jewishness — will dive deeper into the legend’s body of work, the ways he influenced American musical culture and how his Jewish identity was infused into almost every aspect of his career.

Over the series of four classes, Prof. Mugmon will dig into topics such as Bernstein’s reverence for Gustav Mahler, another Jewish giant of classical music history; Bernstein’s musical theater work, which co-existed in tension with his classical oeuvre; and Bernstein’s personal politics, which were informed by his Jewish background.

If you’re looking to go beyond “Maestro” and learn more about Bernstein’s musical and Jewish legacy, this is the course for you.


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The Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) is the definitive, trusted global source of news and analysis on issues of Jewish interest and concern.  Our reporting reflects the wide spectrum of religious, political and cultural identity that exists among Jews today. With correspondents in New York, Washington, Israel, Europe and cities around the globe, JTA provides extensive coverage of political, economic and social developments affecting Jews all over the world. JTA reporting also shines a spotlight on the cultural happenings, influential thinkers and leaders and milestone events defining the Jewish experience today.
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