It's the Leonard Bernstein centennial this year and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has been celebrating. Conductor Marin Alsop invited NPR to join her onstage at that event for a discussion with her and Jamie Bernstein, the composer's daughter.
A young Leonard Bernstein seemed all set in 1940 to become the assistant conductor of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, the forerunner of today's Minnesota Orchestra. But then he ran into insurmountable 'difficulties' with those plans.
It is an important moment in the life of a symphony orchestra when a new conductor is selected -- not just to lead the orchestra, but to create the programs, hire the artists and more. In short, to be the music director. In Washington, D.C., the choice was made with astonishing harmony.
It was on today’s date in 1944 that the Jerome Robbins-Leonard Bernstein ballet “Fancy Free” was first danced by the Ballet Theater at the old Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. It was a big hit. Bernstein himself conducted, and alongside Robbins and set designer Oliver Smith, took some 20 curtain calls.
Grand Band has been described as "a kind of new-music supergroup" by the New York Times. It's easy to see and hear why, with its highly unusual six-piano lineup. Performer David Friend tells us more about the ensemble before its performance Wednesday night in St. Paul.
This weekend, organist Cameron Carpenter performs Rachmaninoff with the Minnesota Orchestra. Carpenter has a lot of opinions on organs, especially the digital one he conceived. Hear his performance live Friday night on Classical MPR.