Perhaps best known as America’s first star conductor, Leonard Bernstein was an accomplished composer whose works were sometimes criticized for eclecticism as they drew from many sources including jazz and Jewish liturgical music. This course will review Bernstein’s career as composer outside of the theatre and place it in tradition of American “classical” music, including works of Charles Ives and Bernstein’s mentor Aaron Copland. The class will include numerous performance clips, including some from Bernstein’s legendary “Young People’s Concerts.”