Live Events

The Academy hosts concerts and gatherings throughout the year. All of our events foster creativity and facilitate conversations centered on reflection, transformation, and “learning ourselves” into a better world.

Our upcoming event this August is Bearing Witness: The Academy’s Annual Leonard Bernstein Concert which will be livestreamed on August 25th at 7:20pm. A live broadcast can be found below.


Bearing Witness

The concert explores the themes of Bernstein’s Jeremiah Symphony through a communal viewing and facilitated conversation. Our livestream will begin with an audio recording of all three movements of the symphony, 1. Prophecy (warning), 2. Profanation (desecration), and 3. Lamentation, then transition into a facilitated discussion and reflection. Join us in reflection and conversation at #ReflectintoAction, #ExpressInspiration, #SetonCastleLive, and #LBFellowship.

Livestream schedule:

7:20pm – Opening remarks and Jeremiah Symphony audio stream begins

8:15pm – Reflection and facilitated discussion with Aaron Stern and poetry by Hakim Bellamy

9pm – Live opera performance by Katherine DeYoung, Mezzo-Soprano and Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Singer, and Grisha Krivchenia, Pianist

9:15pm –  Closing remarks and concert concludes

Upcoming Live Events

October 15th-16th, 2019 – Future of Learning Dialogues 

Past Live Events

August 25th, 2018Lenny’s Living Legacy: A Concert Celebration

  • Description: Academy President and Founder Aaron Stern celebrates the anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth with an afternoon concert featuring special works from Bernstein’s repertoire (vocal, orchestral, and solo instrumental), along with stories of Aaron’s time spent with Lenny (as he knew him) and stories of his personhood and musicianship. Charlie Harmon, Lenny’s last musical assistant, will also read from his new book on his time as Bernstein’s assistant.
  • Performers: Kathlene Ritch, Soprano, Tychiko Cox, Baritone, Barbara Bogatin, Cello, Grisha Krivchenia, Piano, Charlie Harmon, Author

May 20th, 2018 – Don’t We Never Learn: Part II: Learning and Transformation
April 29th, 2018
– Don’t We Never Learn: Part I: Trouble in Tahiti

  • Description: A two-part series of dialogues, Don’t We Never Learn celebrated the Academy’s 20th anniversary while reflecting on our past and exploring our emerging transformation. Dialogues explored the question that most occupied Lenny (as Aaron knew Leonard Bernstein) in the last decade of his life: “Don’t we never learn?”, and Aaron’s deep conviction that indeed we do learn: we transform, and become better at being human. Part 1: Trouble in Tahiti gathered community for a screening of Leonard Bernstein’s one-act opera ‘Trouble in Tahiti’, followed by a conversation focused on how this masterpiece relates directly to today’s times. Central to our inquiry will be the question “Don’t we never learn?” and Aaron’s deep conviction that indeed we do learn: we transform, and become better at being human. Part II: Learning and Transformation was a shared conversation with Academy President and Founder Aaron Stern and Dr. Richie Davidson, Founder and Director of the Center for Healthy Minds focused on what we are learning about the transformative impact of the Academy’s work.
  • Performers: Academy Founder and President Aaron Stern and Founder and Director of the Center for Healthy Minds Dr. Richie Davidson