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The “West Side Story” Story — Pretty Much Pop: A Culture Podcast #114 Did it make sense for Steven Spielberg to remake one of our nation’s most beloved musicals (with music by Bernstein and Sondheim!), attempting to fix the parts that did not age well politically? Is the new version a modern classic or a doomed Frankenstein? Your host Mark Linsenmayer is joined by Broadway scholar, theater critic, and actor Ron Fassler; Remakes, Reboots, and Revivals co-ho...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Podcasts, Film, College, Theatre, Broadway, Steven Spielberg, Bernstein, Sondheim, Frankenstein, Leonard Bernstein, Tony Kushner, Ron Fassler, Jon Burlingame, Ed Morales

Just because: Leonard Bernstein’s “The Age of Anxiety”

Krystian Zimerman, Leonard Bernstein, and the London Symphony perform Bernstein’s “Age of Anxiety” Symphony in 1986. The work, inspired by W.H. Auden’s book-length 1947 poem of the same name, is introduced by a short interview with Bernstein: (This is the latest in a series of arts- and history-related videos that appear in this space each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday)
Tags: Art, London, Ajblogs, Bernstein, Leonard Bernstein, W H Auden, Krystian Zimerman Leonard Bernstein

Cellist Sebastian Hess Dead At 50 Of Brain Aneurysm

A student of William Pleeth and Mstislav Rostropovich, he made his solo debut at 18 with Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic and developed an extensive international career and a wide-ranging discography. – The Strad
Tags: Art, People, Bernstein, New York Philharmonic, Mstislav Rostropovich, William Pleeth, Sebastian Hess

How Leonard Bernstein Became A Cultural Icon

This may now seem, to younger generations, a corny, indulgent, and completely irrelevant form of grandstanding. But when you go back and watch Leonard Bernstein do it in the galvanizing documentary “Bernstein’s Wall,” it’s still cathartic. – Variety
Tags: Art, People, Bernstein, Leonard Bernstein

Time To Bring Back Leonard Bernstein’s Musical?

Mark Swed thinks so: Bernstein “devoted four years to the musical. He wrote more music for it than for any other theater work. The show had a $900,000 sponsorship from Coca-Cola. It was billed as the musical of the decade. The show closed on Broadway after seven performances. It was the biggest artistic disaster of Bernstein’s life. The reviews were just awful, all of them. Critics called it ‘simplistic,’ ‘sophomoric’ and ‘a Bicentennial bore.’ Bernstein thought he had written his greatest show...
Tags: Art, Theatre, Broadway, Bernstein, Leonard Bernstein, Mark Swed, Coca Cola It, 01.29.21

Walter Bernstein, Blacklisted And Celebrated Filmmaker, 101

Bernstein’s “career as a top film and television screenwriter was derailed by the McCarthy-era blacklist, and decades later [he] turned that experience into one of his best-known films, The Front.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Mccarthy, Bernstein, Walter Bernstein, 01.23.21

Isaac Stern Was Really Famous. So Why Has His Star Faded?

A century after his birth, Stern is no longer nearly so well remembered as Bernstein, whose posthumous celebrity remains undiminished. By contrast, Stern is essentially unknown to Americans under the age of 60, very few of whom listen to classical music. Moreover, he is increasingly known to older music lovers less for his playing than for his ancillary activities, among them his coaching and encouragement of such protégés as Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman and Yo-Yo Ma; his groundbreaking 197...
Tags: Art, Music, Communist China, Bernstein, Carnegie Hall, Yo Yo Ma, Stern, Isaac Stern, 09.20, Itzhak Perlman Pinchas Zukerman

Paulo Szot to Take Part in Bernstein's MASS Live Pre-Concert Panel

A virtual panel discussion will be livestreamed on Ravinia's Facebook page just prior to the broadcast of 'Bernstein's Mass at Ravinia,' beginning at 815PM Central Time. Ravinia President and CEO Welz Kauffman and Chief Conductor and Curator Marin Alsop will be joined by the Tony Award-winning singeractor Paulo Szot and more [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Bernstein, Ravinia, BWW News Desk, Welz Kauffman, Paulo Szot, Central Time Ravinia, Curator Marin Alsop

When All the Zingers Were Fit to Print

In 1978, a mischievous band of writers that included George Plimpton and Nora Ephron teamed up to create a spoof of The New York Times. Turns out, Times journalists were among them.
Tags: Art, News, Newspapers, New York Times, Village Voice, Rooney, Nora Ephron, Terry, Collins, Strikes, Craig, Southern, Onion, Bernstein, Spencer, George

Showtune Shuffle: Broadway's Leading Men Sing 'Something's Coming'

Some of the most beloved songs of the musical theatre canon come from Bernstein's score, which includes 'Tonight,' 'America,' 'Maria,' and of course, Tony's big Act I moment, 'Something's Coming.'Today, we celebrate the show's return with that very tune, featuring original Tonys Larry Kert original Broadway cast and Richard Beymer 1961 film, Broadway leading men Matt Cavenaugh 2009 revival, Jeremy Jordan 2009 revival, Cheyenne Jackson, Gavin Creel, Colton Ryan, Santino Fontana, and Darren Criss,...
Tags: Theatre, Broadway, Shirley Bassey, Jeremy Jordan, Judy Garland, Bernstein, Tony, Darren Criss, BroadwayWorld TV, Richard Beymer, Larry Kert, Matt Cavenaugh, Jackson Gavin Creel Colton Ryan Santino Fontana

Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, & Todd Phillips to Produce Bradley Cooper's Leonard Bernstein Film at Netflix

Netflix has acquired all rights to Bradley Cooper'suntitledLeonard Bernsteinfilm, according to Deadline. Cooperwill direct, star in and produce the film from the script he co-wrote withJosh Singer. Cooper has been working closely with Bernstein's children, Jamie, Alexander and Nina, for the past two years on the film. [Author: TV News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Netflix, Bradley Cooper, Bernstein, Cooper, Leonard Bernstein, Nina, Todd Phillips, TV News Desk, Jamie Alexander, Martin Scorsese Steven Spielberg

A Life In Art: Dick Waller At 90

He was a clarinetist who jammed with Bernstein and Duke Ellington, played with the Cincinnati Symphony for 35 years, then gave it up to open an art gallery. Oh, and he founded a chamber music festival to continue feeding his interest in music. This is what it’s like to have a life in art. – Cincinnati Enquirer
Tags: Art, People, Bernstein, Duke Ellington, Cincinnati Symphony, 11.16.19, Dick Waller

Leonard Bernstein Awkwardly Turns the Screws on Tenor Jose Carreras While Recording West Side Story (1984)

What have we here? Evidence that the Maestro is a monster? Or a behind the scenes reminder that Arrested Development’s wannabe actor Tobias Fünke is not too far off base when he says that to make it in “this business of show, you have to have the heart of an angel and the hide... of an elephant.” Both? Neither? Any way you slice it, the recording session above is not for your typical cast album. West Side Story, with a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, and lyrics b...
Tags: Google, Music, New York, College, New York City, Theatre, Vienna, Stephen Sondheim, Broadway, Opera, Verona, Maria, Public Domain, Bernstein, Tony, Natalie Wood

‘Leonard Bernstein’s Black America’

“[Lenny] marched in Selma with Harry Belafonte, he brought black conductors to Tanglewood in the ’50s and in the ’60s integrated the Philharmonic by hiring violinist Sanford Allen. To raise money for civil rights organizations, he also hosted jazz in the afternoon at his house, and when John F. Kennedy was assassinated, he called for André Watts to play Beethoven at the memorial.” Here’s a one-hour audio documentary by WQXR host Terrance McKnight on Bernstein’s activism for racial equaliy. – WQ...
Tags: Art, People, Selma, Harry Belafonte, Beethoven, John F Kennedy, Bernstein, Tanglewood, WQXR, Leonard Bernstein, Lenny, Andre Watts, Black America, Terrance McKnight, Sanford Allen, 02.19.19

Poet Charles Bernstein Wins $165K Bollingen Prize

“Established in 1948 and awarded every two years, the Bollingen Prize is administered by … Yale University’s Beinecke Library and brings a cash award of $165,000. The prize recognizes either the best poetry book of the previous two years or a poet’s lifetime achievement.” With Bernstein, a professor at Penn, it’s “something of both.” — The Philadelphia Inquirer
Tags: Art, Words, Penn, Bernstein, Charles Bernstein, Yale University s Beinecke Library, 01.23.19

Things to do in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, Nov. 9-16

  The Autry Museum of the American West presents an American Indian Arts Marketplace, a celebration of traditional and contemporary cultural expression in arts, crafts, dance and music, Nov. 10-11. (Photo courtesy of Autry Museum of the American West)   There’s always something fascinating to do in the San Fernando Valley and greater Los Angeles area. Here is a sampling of entertainments this week and also save-the-date events to put on your calendar.   EVENTS   Extreme mountain climbe...
Tags: Local News, Art, Books, Comedy, Dance, Events calendar, Movies, Museum, Music, San Fernando Valley, Theater, Things to Do, Top Stories LADN

Classical Music Won’t Be Saved By Another Leonard Bernstein: Alex Ross

“His charisma was indeed potent, but as Bernstein recedes into history he seems more a product of his time than an agent of transformation. … The aspirational America of the mid-twentieth century was looking for a Bernstein — a native genius who could knock off Broadway tunes as fluently as he conducted Brahms — and one was duly found. There will not be another, not because talent is lacking but because the culture that fostered him is gone.”
Tags: Art, Music, America, Broadway, Alex Ross, Bernstein, Brahms, Leonard Bernstein, 09.17.18

Bernstein at Brevard — Take Two: The Artist and Politics

The backlash against Bernstein’s politics was huge – and “his activities became an insane obsession of J. Edgar Hoover.”
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Bernstein, Brevard, 08.17.18

Bernstein at Brevard — Take Two: The Artist and Politics

The Bernstein Centenary celebration at the Brevard Music Festival last month was multi-faceted. I was invited to explore the Bernstein story for a week with Brevard’s exceptional high school orchestra.
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Bernstein, Brevard, 08.17.18

Bernstein the Educator

Joseph Horowitz writes about the program he devised for the Brevard Music Festival about the second of the Leonard Bernstein-New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts: “What Makes Music American?”
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Bernstein, Joseph Horowitz, 08.12.18

Leonard Bernstein, An Immigrant Story

In many ways, the Bernstein family’s experience mirrored that of other Jewish immigrants to the Boston area in the early 20th century. This was the immigrant experience — ups and downs, hopes and disappointments — on steroids.
Tags: Art, Boston, People, Bernstein, 08.17.18, Leonard Bernstein An Immigrant Story

Anne Midgette: How I Came To Dislike Leonard Bernstein

I am emerging from this supersaturation with an emotion bordering on healthy dislike. “Hate the man, love the music” is the favorite counsel of music-lovers in such instances (Richard Wagner comes to mind). In Bernstein’s case, I’m no longer sure that I have all that much tolerance for either.
Tags: Art, Music, Bernstein, Anne Midgette, Leonard Bernstein, Richard Wagner, 07.20.18

Leonard Bernstein Wrote A 'Peter Pan' Musical (Who Knew?)

"[The original] production — which starred the unlikely combo of Jean Arthur as Peter and Boris Karloff as Captain Hook — closed in 1951 after a respectable 321 performances, but then essentially disappeared. ... According to most sources, Bernstein was originally commissioned to compose only instrumentals, but became so enamored with the play he volunteered […]
Tags: Art, Theatre, Peter, Bernstein, Leonard Bernstein, Boris Karloff, Jean Arthur, 06.26.18

The 25 Great American Symphonies

Sudip Bose: "For the sake of a nice, neat number, I am identifying 25 great works — hardly a comprehensive tally, and somewhat arbitrary. Looking over the finalists, I began second-guessing at once: Why no Virgil Thomson or David Diamond? Why Bernstein's First and not his Second? Why not Ives's Third? I have not, moreover, […]
Tags: Art, Music, Bernstein, Virgil Thomson, David Diamond, 06.14.18

Leonard Bernstein And His Struggle For A New American Music

This August will mark Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday. The centenary celebrations started last August and are worldwide. The Bernstein estate counts more than 2,000 events on six continents. And there is plenty to celebrate. But if Bernstein remains a figure of limitless fascination, it is also because his story is archetypal. He embodied a tangled […]
Tags: Art, Music, Bernstein, Leonard Bernstein, 04.27.18

Is Leonard Bernstein's 'Mass', Ultimately, Even A Piece Of Music? Maybe Not - And That Doesn't Matter

"[The work] is hung on a musical frame. But more saliently to most audiences, perhaps, it is religious, it is social, it is political. ... Maybe the technical term for it all is simply this: groovy." Peter Dobrin considers the new recording of Mass, released for the Bernstein centennial, by Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia […]
Tags: Art, Music, Philadelphia, Bernstein, Leonard Bernstein, Yannick Nézet Séguin, Peter Dobrin, 03.15.18

'Mostly He Gave Off Light, So It Was Like Being In This Incredibly Powerful Beam': Alexander Bernstein Remembers Lenny

Jamie is the Bernstein child we usually hear from, but in this interview, Alexander talks about life with his father (and his mother) as well as Lenny's music-making, social activism, and dealing with the demands of his work. "[As] he started conducting more abroad, the entourage around him grew larger and larger, and he became […]
Tags: Art, People, Jamie, Alexander, Bernstein, Lenny, 03.09.18, Alexander Bernstein Remembers Lenny

35 Years On, Can Leonard Bernstein's 'A Quiet Place' Be Redeemed?

When the piece premiered at Houston Grand Opera in 1983, most of the reviews were harsh: The New York Times pronounced it "a pretentious failure." Now, with the Bernstein centennial upon us, David Patrick Stearns looks at two versions of A Quiet Place - one brand new and released by Bernstein's estate - that aim […]
Tags: Art, Music, New York Times, Bernstein, Leonard Bernstein, Houston Grand Opera, David Patrick Stearns, 03.01.18

What Made Leonard Bernstein's Young People's Concerts Such A Hit?

"On January 18, 1958, the first Leonard Bernstein 'Young People's Concert' was broadcast live on television. Through the 1960s, the programs took off and were seen in 40 countries, alongside American exports The Flintstones and Bonanza. WNYC's Sara Fishko considers Bernstein's TV-friendly presence, in this episode of Fishko Files." (audio)
Tags: Art, Music, Bernstein, 01.18.18, Leonard Bernstein, Sara Fishko, Bonanza WNYC

Remembering The Man For Whom Leonard Bernstein Left His Wife

In an article previewing the coming centennial year of the composer-conductor, Los Angeles Times classical critic Mark Swed devotes a few paragraphs to Tom Cothran, who was a high school friend: "I don't know how Bernstein ultimately felt about Tom. He was a verboten subject. Nor could I ever get Tom to talk much about […]
Tags: Art, Music, Los Angeles Times, Bernstein, Tom, Leonard Bernstein, Mark Swed, Tom He, 01.11.18, Tom Cothran

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