Bearing Witness: The Annual Leonard Bernstein Celebration

Sunday Aug 25, 2019

Academy for the Love of Learning

133 Seton Village Road
Santa Fe, NM 87508
US

Phone: (505) 995-1860
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Cost:

$30-$1100

Ages:

15+

Contact:

Academy for the Love of Learning

Phone: 505-995-1860
Website: Click to Visit

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Academy Founder and President Aaron Stern and Leonard Bernstein

This evening will find us exploring the powerful human capacity to Bear Witness by experiencing, reflecting upon and finding shared meaning in Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1: Jeremiah. Based on the Old Testament story of the fall of Jerusalem, Jeremiah includes three movements – 1. Prophecy (warning), 2. Profanation (destruction), and 3. Lamentation (mourning). These movements will serve as inquiry points into Bernstein’s question “Don’t We Never Learn?!” and Stern’s answer – that “As human beings, we have the capacity to transform both individually and collectively.” After experiencing the symphony, we will discuss in small groups, over a beautiful meal, how, together, we can “learn ourselves” into a better world and activate the transformational capacities that lead to healing and change.

“I’ve chosen Jeremiah because it is at once a universal theme and quite personal to our present world. It reveals, in deeply stirring ways, both our tendencies toward human destructiveness – and our remarkable capacity to see and recognize them. It invites us to Bear Witness as a portal to awakening more fully to what we see in ourselves and our world in hopes that we can be moved to wake up further to these tendencies and take action.” – Aaron Stern

Gathering together as a community, with both strangers and friends, we will bear witness to one of Bernstein’s earliest masterpieces. Dinner will be provided by Dig & Serve. An historic performance of the symphony by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Bernstein, will be presented via video projection at the Seton Castle.

After the film, we will have an opportunity to exchange thoughts and reflections with a facilitated dialogue. As Stern says, “Where Lenny and I joined most deeply was in our shared understanding that the power of music goes well beyond the music itself. Music can wake us up and activate deep learning. Witnessing a performance without then splitting into small groups at small tables, discussing and expressing impact – sharing deeply felt aspirations and strengthening and inspiring the will to act –in other words — moving off the stage and into life – would be unthinkable at the Academy! Lenny’s 1st Symphony – his Jeremiah – is a perfect and timely vehicle for this.”

We will close the evening with a powerful re-iteration of the third movement, “Lamentations,” performed live by Apprentice Artist Katherine DeYoung from the Santa Fe Opera.