Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein was a world-renowned musician, conductor, and composer throughout his entire adult life. He was music director of the New York Philharmonic and conducted the world’s major orchestras, recording hundreds of performances. His books and the televised Young People’s Concerts with the New York Philharmonic established him as a leading educator. His compositions include Jeremiah, The Age of Anxiety, Kaddish, Serenade, Five Anniversaries, Mass, Chichester Psalms, Slava!, Songfest, Divertimento for Orchestra, Missa Brevis, Arias and Barcarolles, Concerto for Orchestra, and A Quiet Place. Mr. Bernstein composed for the Broadway musical stage, including On the Town, Wonderful Town, Candide, and the immensely popular West Side Story. In addition to the West Side Story collaboration, Mr. Bernstein worked with choreographer Jerome Robbins on three major ballets: Fancy Free, Facsimile, and Dybbuk. Mr. Bernstein was the recipient of many honors, including the Tony Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Theatre, 11 Emmy Awards, the Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award, and the Kennedy Center Honors.

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