Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Leonard Bernstein (August 25, 1918, Lawrence, MA, Died: October 14, 1990, The Dakota, New York City, NY)

The great Leonard Bernstein would have been 100 years old today.  A "triple threat" - conductor, pianist, and composer - he was born in Lawrence, Mass., went to Boston Latin and Harvard, and was Music Director of the New York Philharmonic from 1958 to 1969.

Above is a 1970 clip of the highly entertaining and talented Bernstein conducting the Vienna Philharmonic from the bench.  Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 automatically starts 35 minutes into the performance on some computers.  On other systems it might be necessary to advance to the 35 minute spot, unless of course,  one wishes to listen to it in its entirety.


  1. There will never be another Leapin' Lenny. Nor should there be. I remember as a child going to the Young People's Concerts with Bernstein at the helm. He had a way with children as he introduced them to the instruments of the orchestra. I grew up in a houshold where classical music was playing all the time. I have an innate love of the genre. For children and their parents who might not have been exposed to classical music Lenny was a tour de force as he educated a generation to appreciate the music that he loved.

  2. Today would have been Ted William's 100th.

    David J Cooper