Conductor Marin Alsop celebrates the life, legacy and music of Leonard Bernstein with an 8-CD boxed set. She talks about the new release and her time with the maestro. Listen to the Bernstein stream on YourClassical.org, curated all month long by Alsop.
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'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.
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.
The timeless themes of Leonard Bernstein's 'West Side Story' remain as relevant as ever, especially with Marc Koeck and Mia Pinero in the lead roles at the Guthrie Theater. Listen to their performances of three songs from the musical, recorded live in our studio.