When he was a graduate student, Richard Danielpour knew Leonard Bernstein as a mentor, a provocateur and the center of a swirling mix of celebrities. Danielpour says Bernstein was quite funny, sometimes sardonic. But there was one person he would never make fun of.
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.