This site is dedicated to preserving the legacy of American film composer Elmer Bernstein (1922–2004), whose legendary career spanned 50 years and is immortalized by generations still celebrating the man and his music in writings, concerts and new releases of recordings that have been rediscovered and remastered by audiophiles around the globe.
Elmer Bernstein Memorial Film Series Continues
Jon Burlingame Curates
March 7 & May 9, 2016—The Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts continues its Elmer Bernstein Memorial Film Series with two more films, Airplane and The Age of Innocence, to be shown in entirety and curated by renowned film music writer and historian Jon Burlingame, who will introduce each film and host a Q&A with the audience. […]
Live Performance of Bernstein’s “Guitar Concerto”
May 14 & 15, 2016 | Santa Barbara, CA
For their season closer, the Granada Theatre and the Santa Barbara Symphony will present “Best of Classical Guitar,” a three-work venue that includes Elmer Bernstein’s stirring “Guitar Concerto.” Spanish classical guitarist Pablo Sainz-Villegas will join the Symphony for this special program.
“Celebrating Bernstein” – March 25, 2016
A World Premiere Multimedia Performance by the Phoenix Symphony
Enjoy a unique venue celebrating Elmer Bernstein’s life and music through an artful combination of rarely seen movie clips from the Bernstein library and live perfomances by the Phoenix Symphony under the baton of son Peter Bernstein. […]
The Elmer Bernstein Collection
Unlike any previously available compilation, The Elmer Bernstein Collection is a songbook anthology that includes all of the classic themes from the composer’s 50-plus years in films and television. […]
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Buy or Rent... Scores, Suites, New CDs and Vintage LPs—Many Titles Available
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All Things Bernstein
The USC Collection
Elmer Bernstein’s lifelong commitment to musical education continues at the USC Cinematic Arts Library, where Bernstein’s vast archive of original scores, papers, photos, film and more is housed, maintained and accessible by request.
A global compilation of videos commemorating Elmer Bernstein’s many contributions to film, music and life.
Concerts around the world
The music of Elmer Bernstein is still being performed live and in concert by orchestras around the world. While we intend to make every effort to post upcoming performances on this site, we recommend visiting this valuable resource for all live performances featuring the music of the movies:
Movies in Concert.