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with host Fred Child

Tania Leon describes Leonard Bernstein's 'Maria'

Composers/conductors Leonard Bernstein and Tania Leon Courtesy of the Artist
2min : Tania Leon describes Bernstein's 'Maria'

Sure, the song 'Maria' from Leonard Bernstein's musical 'West Side Story' is lovely. For composer and conductor Tania Leon, it meant so much more. 'Maria' set in motion her dream of a possible life in America. Leon remembers her mentor, friend, salsa dancer and Spanish-speaker Leonard Bernstein.

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