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Bearing Witness: The Academy’s Annual Leonard Bernstein Celebration
Dates: August 25, 2019
Address: 133 Seton Village Road, Santa Fe, NM 87508
Phone: 505-995-1860
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Price: Ticket prices vary according to seating selection.

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: JeremiahBased 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.


Ticket and Seating Information

  • All tickets include appetizers, a shared meal, desert and coffee, and beverages.
  • Ticket prices vary according to seating selection. As this event is designed to invite the spirit of community conversation, seating will be randomly assigned unless otherwise requested. Please note if you would like to be seated with a specific person(s) at your table in note section of ticket checkout.
  • For all tickets seating options are either a low table with floor cushions or a picnic table with six regular chairs. Please also list any seating and accessibility requirements and/or dietary restrictions in note section of ticket checkout

Bearing Witness: The Academy’s Annual Leonard Bernstein Celebration
  • 133 Seton Village Road
  • Santa Fe, NM 87508
  • to
  • Academy for the Love of Learning
  • Ticket prices vary according to seating selection.