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A Midsummer Celebration of Bernstein

IMG Artists; Kristina Choe Jacinth; Becca Fay; courtesy of the artists
Eric Owens, Kelley O'Connor, Elliot Madore, Isabel Leonard, Nicholas Phan, Nadine Sierra

Saturday, August 4, 2018

8:00 PM

Bramwell Tovey, conductor
Nadine Sierra, soprano
Isabel Leonard, mezzo-soprano
Kelley O’Connor, mezzo-soprano
Nicholas Phan, tenor
Elliot Madore, baritone
Eric Owens, bass

Bramwell Tovey leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra and a cast of singers in Bernstein's song cycle "Songfest," a celebration of America through poetry and music.

Hear Bramwell Tovey on Songfest and meeting and working with Leonard Bernstein:


  1. To the Poem (Frank O'Hara)
  2. The Pennycandystore Beyond the El (Lawrence Ferlinghetti)
  3. A Julia de Burgos (Julia de Burgos)
  4. To What You Said (Walt Whitman)
  5. I, Too, Sing America (Langston Hughes) & Okay 'Negroes" (June Jordan)
  6. To My Dear and Loving Husband (Anne Bradstreet)
  7. Storyette H.M. (Gertrude Stein)
  8. “if you can’t eat you got to” (e.e. cummings)
  9. Music I Heard With You (Conrad Aiken)
  10. Zizi’s Lament (Gregory Corso)
  11. What lips my lips have kissed... (Edna St. Vincent Millay)
  12. “Israfel” (Edgar Allen Poe) 

SIBELIUS Symphony No. 2
See the program and text for Songfest from the Tanglewood performance led by Bernstein in 1988.

Learn more about Bernstein's Songfest.