Jamie Bernstein

Writer, Narrator, Broadcaster and Filmmaker

Jamie Bernstein is a writer, narrator, broadcaster, and filmmaker who has transformed a lifetime of loving music into a career of sharing her knowledge and excitement with others.

Inspired by her father Leonard Bernstein's lifelong compulsion to share and teach, Jamie has devised multiple ways of communicating her own excitement about classical music. Beginning 15 years ago with "The Bernstein Beat," a family concert about her father's music modeled after his own groundbreaking Young People's Concerts, Jamie has gone on to design, write, and narrate concerts for worldwide audiences of all ages about the music of Mozart, Copland, Stravinsky, and many others. Jamie creates and narrates two educational concerts a year with the New World Symphony in Miami; these "Discovery Concerts" are specially designed to attract audiences of all ages who are less familiar with concertgoing.

Jamie travels the world as a concert narrator, appearing everywhere from Beijing to Caracas to Vancouver. A frequent speaker on musical topics, Jamie has presented talks around the world, from conferences in Japan to seminars at Harvard University.

In her role as a broadcaster, Jamie has produced and hosted shows for radio stations in the United States and Great Britain. She has presented the New York Philharmonic's live national radio broadcasts, as well as live broadcasts from Tanglewood.

Jamie is the co-director of a film documentary, Crescendo: the Power of Music, which focuses on children in struggling urban communities who participate in youth orchestra programs for social transformation, inspired by Venezuela's groundbreaking El Sistema movement. The film has already won numerous prizes as it travels the festival circuit, and will soon be released on Netflix. More about the film can be found at crescendofilmdoc.com.

Jamie has also directed her father's chamber opera, Trouble in Tahiti, at the Moab Music Festival and at the Festival del Sole in Napa, California.

In addition to writing her own scripts and narrations, Jamie writes articles and poetry, which have appeared in such publications as Symphony, DoubleTake, Opera News, and Musical America. She also edits "Prelude, Fugue & Riffs," a newsletter about issues and events pertaining to her father's legacy.

More about Jamie's multifaceted life can be found on her website: jamiebernstein.net.


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The Best Film Releases & Festivals in Seattle: Spring 2019
Posted on 14 Mar 2019 at 4:04pm

Seattle Jewish Film Festival 2019 spotlights ‘Leonard Bernstein: Larger Than ...
Posted on 20 Mar 2019 at 6:00am

Dancing towards diversity
Posted on 15 Mar 2019 at 6:10am

'Famous Father Girl' -- talk on growing up with Leonard Bernstein
Posted on 18 Mar 2019 at 12:28pm

Seattle Jewish Film Festival brings you 36 Films and 180 emotions
Posted on 5 Feb 2019 at 1:55pm

Leonard Bernstein's daughter pens memoir, to speak Feb. 6 at Worcester JCC
Posted on 1 Feb 2019 at 10:58pm

Jamie Bernstein returns to help CHSO String Ensemble present 'Peter and the W...
Posted on 12 Jan 2019 at 3:14pm

Celebrating the Bernstein centennial with a family album
Posted on 21 May 2018 at 10:09am

Stage, film, performance art and more events to make you think this week
Posted on 21 Feb 2018 at 12:15pm

Jamie Bernstein Announced as Artist-in-Residence for Tucson Desert Song Festival
Posted on 21 Dec 2017 at 1:46pm



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