Leonard Bernstein http://wrti.org en Energetic, Intimate 'Letters' Reveal Private Leonard Bernstein http://wrti.org/post/energetic-intimate-letters-reveal-private-leonard-bernstein <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15234027/leonard-bernstein" target="_blank">Leonard Bernstein</a> was a singular American genius. One of the great orchestra conductors of the 20th Century, he was also a composer of hit musicals like <em>West Side Story</em>, as well as symphonies and ballets. He was a teacher and television personality — his Young People's Concerts introduced generations of children to classical music.<p>But that was the public man. A new collection of letters written both by and to Bernstein is being published this week. Sun, 27 Oct 2013 09:48:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 6616 at http://wrti.org Energetic, Intimate 'Letters' Reveal Private Leonard Bernstein The Musical Treasure Trove At The Library Of Congress http://wrti.org/post/musical-treasure-trove-library-congress <p>A manuscript of a J.S. Bach cantata casts a new light on how Bach intended the piece to be played. A singer gains insight from a line in a <em>Porgy and Bess </em>manuscript that differs from the final lyrics. The Music Division of the massive Library of Congress in Washington, DC,&nbsp; is a place where performers, composers,&nbsp;scholars&nbsp;and the general public make discoveries of the musical kind.</p><p>Case in point: in a series of letters written in 1957 to his wife Felicia, while she was visiting her family in Santiago, Chile, <a href="http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/bernstein/" target="_blank"><strong>Leonard Bernstein </strong></a>faithfully chronicles the progress of <em>West Side Story </em>during the final weeks of rehearsal through the show&rsquo;s out-of-town opening in Washington, D.C.&nbsp; The letters reveal Bernstein&rsquo;s changing emotions about the show from frustration and agony to his final state of euphoria.&nbsp; In addition to comments about <em>West Side Story</em>, Bernstein writes about signing his contract as conductor with the New York Philharmonic, his upcoming thirty-ninth birthday, and how much he misses Felicia and their children, Jamie and Alexander. <a href="http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/westsidestory/westsidestory-bernstein.html" target="_blank"><strong>Read the letters here.</strong></a></p><p><a href="http://www.loc.gov/rr/perform/guide/spcmus.html" target="_blank"><strong>The Special Collections of the Music Division </strong></a>are truly fascinating and constitute a resource for musical scholarship that is unmatched anywhere in the world. These unique bodies of materials are extraordinarily vast and diverse, yet very much interrelated. They include some of the greatest treasures of the Music Division and the Library of Congress.</p><p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 16:46:15 +0000 Meridee Duddleston 6234 at http://wrti.org The Musical Treasure Trove At The Library Of Congress Bernstein Conducts Bernstein: New York Philharmonic on ENCORE! http://wrti.org/post/bernstein-conducts-bernstein-new-york-philharmonic-encore <p>Tune in on Sunday, December 2nd, 3 to 5 pm as Leonard Bernstein conducts his own music on this week's New York Philharmonic broadcast, from the ensemble's vast recorded archive. It's Jewish-themed music in honor of the upcoming Hanukkah holiday that begins on December 8th.</p><p align="left"><strong>PROGRAM:</strong></p><p align="left">BERNSTEIN: Chichester Psalms (World-premiere performance in 1965)</p><p align="left">Columbus Boychoir</p><p align="left">BERNSTEIN: <em>Kaddish</em>, Symphony No.3</p><p align="left">Camerata Singers</p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 22:00:40 +0000 Jack Moore 4794 at http://wrti.org Bernstein Conducts Bernstein: New York Philharmonic on ENCORE! All-French Program From the New York Philharmonic Archives: Oct. 21 at 3 pm on ENCORE! http://wrti.org/post/all-french-program-new-york-philharmonic-archives-oct-21-3-pm-encore <p>It's all all-French program on this week's New York Philharmonic broadcast - performances drawn from the Philharmonic's vast recorded archive. &nbsp;Music by Massenet that includes an historic performance by the Philharmonic conducted by Josef&nbsp;Stransky (who became the orchestra's music director in 1911, following the death of Gustav Mahler), and appearances by Luciano Pavarotti and mezzo-soprano Nancy Maultsby. &nbsp;Also on the program, works by Clause Debussy that include the <em>Image pour Orchestra</em>, and <em>Le Martyre de Saint Sebastian</em>. Sat, 20 Oct 2012 14:55:05 +0000 Jack Moore 4598 at http://wrti.org All-French Program From the New York Philharmonic Archives: Oct. 21 at 3 pm on ENCORE! West Side Story: Fifty Years On http://wrti.org/post/west-side-story-fifty-years <p>Those funky, menacing chords can only belong to one piece of music: <em>West Side Story</em>, the Leonard Bernstein Broadway musical that updated the Romeo and Juliet story into the world of gang warfare to the streets of post-war New York City. The concert suite from the musical has often been played by The Philadelphia Orchestra, though this week it's performing the music in a different incarnation - as an accompaniment to the 1961 Oscar-winning film. The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns reports that the enterprise isn’t nearly as simple as it looks.</p> Sat, 06 Oct 2012 19:44:29 +0000 David Patrick Stearns 4527 at http://wrti.org West Side Story: Fifty Years On Leonard Bernstein's 'Kaddish' Symphony: A Crisis Of Faith http://wrti.org/post/leonard-bernsteins-kaddish-symphony-crisis-faith I can't think of anything I loved more than talking to <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15234027/leonard-bernstein" target="_blank">Leonard Bernstein</a>. Or, more accurately, listening to <em>him</em> talk — about music or any topic under the sun. Sat, 29 Sep 2012 10:14:00 +0000 NPR Music 4514 at http://wrti.org Leonard Bernstein's 'Kaddish' Symphony: A Crisis Of Faith Vanished Gardens--Bernstein's Candide revamped--America's Oldest Theatre http://wrti.org/post/vanished-gardens-bernsteins-candide-revamped-americas-oldest-theatre <p>Jim Cotter speaks with writer Sharon White. The Temple University professor's latest book <em>Vanished Gardens: Finding Nature in Philadelphia</em>, is published this month.</p> <p>In the first of a two-part report, David Patrick Stearns examines the history of Leonard Bernstein's <em>Candide.</em> A production opens this week at the Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia. </p> <p>Jason Peifer explores the rich history of Philadelphia's Walnut Street Theatre, which is now in its 200th season.</p> Sat, 13 Sep 2008 18:12:00 +0000 Jim Cotter & David Patrick Stearns & Jason Peifer 2017 at http://wrti.org Vanished Gardens--Bernstein's Candide revamped--America's Oldest Theatre Keith Lockhart: Boston Pops music director http://wrti.org/post/keith-lockhart-boston-pops-music-director <p>Jill Pasternak speaks with the Maestro about his upcoming appearance with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra at the Kimmel Center on August 20. </p> <p>The concert will honor the memory of Leonard Bernstein, who would have turned 90 on August 25.</p> <p>The three-part program, <em>Make Mine Bernstein,</em> reflects on one of the 20th century's most influential composers of American classical music and Broadway hit musicals.</p> Sat, 16 Aug 2008 13:52:00 +0000 Jill Pasternak 2008 at http://wrti.org Keith Lockhart: Boston Pops music director Arts Education in Philly--Bernstein's "Kaddish" Symphony--Animal Farm at Mum Puppettheater http://wrti.org/post/arts-education-philly-bernsteins-kaddish-symphony-animal-farm-mum-puppettheater <p>Jim Cotter leads a conversation about arts education in Philadelphia's public school system.</p> <p>David Patrick Stearns on Leonard Bernstein's third, "Kaddish", symphony.</p> <p>Jason Peifer previews Mum Puppettheater's interpretation of George Orwell's classic novel <em>Animal Farm</em>.</p> Sat, 19 Apr 2008 14:04:00 +0000 Jim Cotter & David Patrick Stearns & Jason Peifer 1960 at http://wrti.org Arts Education in Philly--Bernstein's "Kaddish" Symphony--Animal Farm at Mum Puppettheater The Philadelphia Orchestra: Leonard Bernstein Festival http://wrti.org/post/philadelphia-orchestra-leonard-bernstein-festival <p>Jim Cotter speaks with Jennifer Higdon. The Philadelphia Orchestra and Time for Three premier her <em>Concerto 4-3 </em>this week. It's part of the orchestra's Leonard Bernstein Festival. </p> <p>Also, Susan Lewis looks at the life and legend of the great American composer, conductor, and educator. </p> <p>Jason Peifer talks to the organizers of the annual One Book, One Philadelphia program.</p> Sat, 12 Jan 2008 17:18:00 +0000 Jim Cotter & Susan Lewis & Jason Peifer 1926 at http://wrti.org The Philadelphia Orchestra: Leonard Bernstein Festival