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Leonard Bernstein: A Centenary Celebration

100 years after composer Leonard Bernstein's birth, his son Alexander, biographer Humphrey Burton and former pupil, the conductor Marin Alsop, discuss his life and work.

This year marks the centenary of Leonard Bernstein's birth and to celebrate the occasion Front Row explores his life and music.

John Wilson is joined by his son, Alexander Bernstein, who remembers his father composing at home, and who attended many of his Young People's Concerts; by his friend and biographer, Humphrey Burton, who discusses Bernstein's multiple talents as a conductor, composer and educator; and by his pupil, the conductor Marin Alsop, who was inspired by Bernstein to take up the baton.

Presenter: John Wilson
Producer: Rebecca Armstrong.

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30 minutes

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Wed 29 Aug 2018 01:30

Celebrating the Bernstein Centenary

Celebrating the Bernstein Centenary

The Leonard Bernstein at 100 website


Main image above: Leonard Bernstein

Image to the left: Alexander Bernstein, son of Leonard.

Image credit: Steve Sherman 2017

Marin Alsop

Marin Alsop
Marin Alsop conducts the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and Chineke! Juniors in a performance of Leonard Bernstein's MASS: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players and Composers at the Royal Festival Hall, London as part of the Southbank Centre's Bernstein MASS weekend on 06 and 07 April 2018.

Humphrey Burton

Humphrey Burton

Image: Humphrey Burton, Bernstein's biographer.

His book, Leonard Bernstein, is out now in paperback.


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