Leonard Bernstein

  • Speaking of Music

    Composer and conductor, LEONARD BERNSTEIN is a Bostonian in whose artistry the town takes pride. A protégé of Serge Koussevitzky, he served a brilliant apprenticeship at Tanglewood, and New Yorkers recognized his genius when — without rehearsalhe substituted for Bruno Walter and conducted the New York Philharmonic in a superlative performance. Since then he has scored with the ballet FANCY FREE; his serious works are played each season by the leading symphonies; his current musical, WEST SIDE STORY, is a smash hit on Broadway.

  • A Nice Gershwin Tune

    New England born composer LEONARD BERNSTEIN is now on a spring visit to Italy, where he is conductor in residence at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, and where he will conduct the May Festival in Florence. Shortly before his departure, he had completed the score for a musical version of Voltaire’s Candide with a book by Lillian Hellman, which is scheduled for production in the fall.

  • Symphony or Musical Comedy?

    American composer and conductor, LEONARD BERNSTEINscored his early success at Tanglewood, where his authority and interpretation on the podium won the praise of Serge Koussevitzky and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In 1943 he made a spectacular dehut in New York when, in his twenty-sixth year, at the last moment and without rehearsal, he substituted for Bruno Walter and conducted the New York Philharmonic in a superlative performance. As a composer he has had a wide choice; he has written the music for two gay and successful musical comedies, On the Town and Wonderful Town; he has composed the ballets Fancy Free and Facsimile for the Ballet Theatre; two symphonies: Jeremiah, which was performed by the Boston Symphony in 1944, and The Age of Anxiety in 1949; a short opera, Trouble in Tahiti; and a violin concerto.