Composer, conductor, educator, humanitarian: these are just a few words used to describe the incredible Leonard Bernstein. Bernstein made his mark on the world of music by an early age, and garnered successes, awards, and accolades throughout his career. However, Bernstein’s legendary works are not his only successes. Find out what set this music master apart from his contemporaries in this intimate portrait.
Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Bernstein started taking piano lessons as a young boy. Music became his passion, so he studied it at Harvard University, the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer institute. After finishing his studies in music, Bernstein landed his first assistant conducting position with the New York Philharmonic. On a fluke, Bernstein filled in for Bruno Walter at Carnegie Hall. This critically-acclaimed performance was broadcast nationally, and effectively launched his career.
Throughout the 1940s and 1950s, Leonard Bernstein conducted many award-winning orchestras, including the New York City Symphony Orchestra. It was also during this time when Bernstein composed his first pieces to be performed by a symphony, among other renowned works. Bernstein’s catalog of work includes symphonies, operas, ballets, and broadway musicals. Never before had the music world seen such a virtuoso.
Legendary Leonard Bernstein
Bernstein reached legendary status when he collaborated with Jerome Robbins, Stephen Sondheim, and Arthur Laurents on the award-winning musical West Side Story. The film adaptation of this stage show went on to win several Academy Awards. A humanitarian at heart, Bernstein turned his focus to world peace in his later years. In fact, in 1989 Bernstein conducted the unforgettable “Berlin Celebration Concerts,” which took place on both sides of the Berlin Wall as it was being torn down.
Celebrate Bernstein’s Works
This remarkable music figure will be celebrated on Friday, February 24, 2017 at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in “Late Night with Leonard Bernstein.” This intimate showcase includes a multi-media portrait of the artist hosted by his daughter, Jamie. Experience Bernstein like never before! Be sure to purchase tickets to this once-in-a-lifetime event.