A number of Leonard Bernstein’s family, friends, and fans attended Saturday night’s “Leonard Bernstein Centennial Celebration at Tanglewood,’’ a gala and concert hosted by performer Audra McDonald celebrating what would have been the late composer and conductor’s 100th birthday.
Among the star-studded crowd were Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg and Academy Award-nominated actor Bradley Cooper. Spielberg will co-produce and Cooper will direct and star in the titular role of the upcoming biopic “Bernstein.’’ The Bernstein family estate recently granted Bernstein’s exclusive life and music rights to Paramount Pictures and Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment, according to Variety.
Bernstein’s three children, Alexander Bernstein, Jamie Bernstein, and Nina Bernstein Simmons, also attended Saturday’s event.
Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart, Boston Symphony Orchestra music director Andris Nelsons, and Boston Pops conductor laureate John Williams were among the conductors of the evening’s performances.
In 1940, Bernstein was a member of the first Tanglewood Music Center class, according to a Tanglewood press release. He was also the protégé of Tanglewood’s founder, Serge Koussevitzky, the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s conductor. Bernstein conducted with both organizations until his death in 1990.