A towering figure in 20th century American music, Bernard Herrmann (1911-1975) has long been stigmatized as a “Hollywood composer.” Though he is our supreme composer for film (Citizen Kane, Vertigo, North by Northwest, etc.), his concert output remains unknown. Working with the legendary Norman Corwin, he was also America’s foremost radio composer, and conductor of a radio orchestra – William Paley’s CBS Symphony – that boldly promoted new and unfamiliar music. His Clarinet Quintet is an American masterpiece. His String Sinfonietta is a study for his famous Psycho score.

The present festival is the first ever to celebrate Herrmann “in the round” as one of the most important and influential American musical personalities of his generation.

All events are free admission.
No reservations are required.

However, we expect crowds.
Come early and be prepared to stand in line.

Click below for more information on each event.


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Norman Corwin’s ‘Untitled’ and ‘Whitman’ are presented with permission from the Norman Corwin Estate.

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