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Houston Chamber Choir Celebrates 100 Years Of Bernstein

Legendary composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein was born 100 years ago this August. Joshua Zinn learns about a Houston Chamber Choir concert paying tribute to Bernstein’s Broadway hits and talks with his daughter.

Houston Matters producer Joshua Zinn visited the Houston Chamber Choir at a rehearsal to learn more about their performance paying tribute to Leonard Bernstein.

Legendary composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein was born 100 years ago this August. Naturally, a number of performing arts groups around the country are featuring his works in concert this year, including a group in Houston.

On Saturday, May 12, Houston Chamber Choir is hosting a concert called Tonight, Tonight Won’t Be Just Any Night: Lenny @ 100 showcasing a diverse collection of Bernstein’s Broadway hits and sacred works.

The show also features Jamie Bernstein, his daughter, as a special guest commentator and narrator.

Ahead of the performance, Houston Matters producer Joshua Zinn visited the choir at a rehearsal to learn more about the show and spoke with some of the members of the choir — along with director Robert Simpson and Jamie Bernstein.

MORE: Extended Conversation with Jamie Bernstein

Houston Chamber choir recently won the Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, a prestigious honor bestowed by Chorus America.

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