This summer, Isabel Leonard makes an appearance at some of the most prestigious summer festivals in the United States, starting with Caramoor Festival on June 28, where she performs alongside guitarist Sharon Isbin, whim whom she recently released an album of Spanish songs, Alma Española. This concert features works included in this album.
On August 4, Ms. Leonard appears at Tanglewood for Songfest, where British conductor Bramwell Tovey leads the BSO in a program that pays tribute to Bernstein as both conductor and composer. First, the orchestra is joined by the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and a cast of outstanding singers joining Ms. Leonard – soprano Nadine Sierra, mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor, tenor Nicholas Phan, baritone Elliot Madore, and bass Eric Owens- for Bernstein’s celebratory orchestral song cycle Songfest, composed for the American Bicentennial in 1976. Then, Mr. Tovey leads the BSO in Sibelius’s sweeping Symphony No. 2, a staple of Bernstein’s conducting repertory.
A few days later, on August 9, Isabel Leonard reprises her Spanish song program with Sharon Isbin at Aspen Festival.
For her last summer performance, on August 25, Ms. Leonard returns to Tanglewood to once again honor Leonard Bernstein in a Centennial Celebration Gala. This gala concert will feature a kaleidoscopic array of artists and ensembles from the worlds of classical music, film, and Broadway. The entire first half of the program is dedicated to selections from such brilliant Bernstein works as Candide, West Side Story, Mass, and Serenade. Music from the classical canon very dear to Bernstein’s heart-selections from Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn and music by Copland-plus a new work by John Williams, makes up a good portion of the program’s second half; the finale of Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony brings the program to a dramatic close.