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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

Laurie Anderson Turns Zoom Into an Art Form: Watch Her Hypnotic Harvard Lecture Series on Poetry, Meditation, Death, New York & More

These days the term multimedia sounds thoroughly passé, like the apotheosis of the 1990s techno-cultural buzzword. But perhaps it also refers to a dimension of art first opened in that era, of a kind in which trend-chasers dabbled but whose potential they rarely bothered to properly explore. But having established herself as a formally and technologically daring artist long before the 1990s, Laurie Anderson was ideally placed to inhabit the multimedia era. In a way, she’s continued to in...
Tags: Art, Facebook, New York, College, John Lennon, Poetry, Nasa, Harvard, Harvard University, Brian Eno, Lou Reed, Seoul, Catherine, Orwell, Anderson, Laurie Anderson

Those we lost in 2021: Stephen Sondheim remembered by Imelda Staunton

22 March 1930 – 26 November 2021The actor on the American composer and lyricist who changed musicals, and whose warmth and generous spirit were equally present in the theatre and at homeLee ‘Scratch’ Perry remembered by Neil ‘Mad Professor’ FraserRead the Observer’s obituaries of 2021 in fullIf I close my eyes and think of Stephen Sondheim, I remember him sitting in my kitchen in north London. It wasn’t a showbiz fest. It was just talking about nothing, about life, about dogs. He was this amazin...
Tags: Music, London, Musicals, Theatre, Culture, Stephen Sondheim, Stage, Imelda Staunton, Perry, Neil, Leonard Bernstein, Oscar Hammerstein

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

Ravinia Recreates Leonard Bernstein In An Immersive Experience

What sticks, at least on a first viewing, is the technology at play—the light, the sound, the figures that look real enough to embrace. – Chicago Reader
Tags: Art, Music, Chicago, Leonard Bernstein, Ravinia

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

Replay: The original cast of West Side Story performs “Cool”

The original cast of West Side Story performs “Cool” on The Ed Sullivan Show. The song is by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim and the choreography is by Jerome Robbins. This episode was originally telecast by CBS on September 14, 1958: (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, Stephen Sondheim, Cbs, Ajblogs, Leonard Bernstein, Jerome Robbins

Restarting The New York Phil, In A Cemetery

Justin Davidson, on the NY Phil’s Green-Wood Cemetery “Death of Classical” concert: “That might not seem like the obvious location to stage the revival of performance culture, but when Green-Wood opened in 1838, it was intended to be one of New York’s grandest, most verdant, and most romantic public parks. (Today, its permanent residents include the orchestra’s late music director Leonard Bernstein.)” And for the musicians who will take part, they will inevitably experience some emotions about ...
Tags: Art, Music, New York, Phil, Leonard Bernstein, New York Phil, Justin Davidson, Green Wood, 05.27.21, Green Wood Cemetery Death of Classical

James Levine Dies at 77

Levine had been in precarious health for more than a decade, canceling many of his performances after 2008 and undergoing spinal surgery. Even when conducting from a wheelchair, he remained a vigorous and indefatigable presence in American cultural life far beyond the rarefied opera world — widely considered the country’s most influential conductor since Leonard Bernstein. But accusations of misconduct went back to 1968 and had been the subject of talk in music circles since the mid-1970s. – Wa...
Tags: Art, People, Levine, Leonard Bernstein, James Levine, 03.17.21

Roger Englander, Pioneering Producer Of Classical Music On TV, Dead At 94

At NBC in Philadelphia, he produced the first-ever telecast of a complete opera, Menotti’s The Telephone, and he followed up by putting together Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, the first opera ever written for television. Englander went on to produce what might be the most influential classical music programming ever aired on American TV, Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts. – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, Nbc, People, Philadelphia, Leonard Bernstein, Menotti, 03.02.21

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

Stop Panicking Over The Age Of Classical Audiences, Says NY Times Chief Critic

Anthony Tommasini: “Elements of dismaying ageism run through the chronic bemoaning over the graying of classical and opera audiences, something that bothered me even before I entered this older demographic myself. … But images and television broadcasts make plain that even back in the 1960s, when Leonard Bernstein was galvanizing the Philharmonic and attracting young people like me to his concerts, audiences were dominated by those in their 50s and older. Yet, year after year, devoted older fan...
Tags: Art, Music, Audience, Ny Times, Leonard Bernstein, Anthony Tommasini, 08.06.20

#TakeTwoKnees And The Art Of Transforming Familiar Music In Troubled Times

Anthony McGill, New York Philharmonic principal clarinetist, launched a new mini-genre of musical protest on May 28 when he tweeted a video of himself playing “America the Beautiful,” transposed into a minor key, in honor of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and “the struggle for justice and decency.” David Patrick Stearns surveys some #TakeTwoKnees responses and some similar musical repurposings from earlier years — from Leonard Bernstein’s famous Beethoven 9th at the fallen Berlin Wall to Jimi Hen...
Tags: Art, Music, Berlin Wall, America, Jimi Hendrix, Beethoven, Woodstock, Judy Garland, Leonard Bernstein, New York Philharmonic, Anthony McGill, David Patrick Stearns, George Floyd Ahmaud Arbery, 06.11.20

VIDEO: Tony Winner Paulo Szot Sings 'A Simple Song' in the 'Leonard Bernstein Mass' on PBS

World-renowned Brazilian baritone, Paulo Szot playing the Celebrant, sings Leonard Bernstein's iconic aoeA Simple Songa in this clip from the upcomingGreat Performances Leonard Bernstein Mass. [Author: TV News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Pbs, Leonard Bernstein, TV News Desk, Paulo Szot, Tony Winner Paulo Szot, Leonard Bernstein Mass

VIDEO: Paulo Szot Sings 'A Simple Song' From Leonard Bernstein's MASS

Leonard Bernstein's Mass is set to premiere on May 15 at 9 p.m on Great PerformancesPBS, with Paulo Szot playing the Celebrant. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Mass, Leonard Bernstein, BWW News Desk, Paulo Szot

GREAT PERFORMANCES Presents Leonard Bernstein's MASS Featuring Paulo Szot

Great Performances presents Leonard Bernstein Mass, premiering Friday, May 15 at 9 p.m. on PBS check local listings, pbs.orggperf and the PBS Video app. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Pbs, Leonard Bernstein, BWW News Desk, Paulo Szot

VIDEO: NY Philharmonic Members Perform Mahler Symphony No. 2, Fifth Movement: Brass Chorale

In honor of the broadcast of Leonard Bernstein conducting Mahler 2 after the JFK assassination, Philharmonic musicians share a glorious brass chorale plus contrabassoon and percussion from the symphony's final movement. [Author: Stage Tube]
Tags: Theatre, Jfk, Mahler, Leonard Bernstein, Stage Tube, Brass Chorale

Video Flashback: Leonard Bernstein Conducts Mahler's Symphony No. 2, 'Resurrection'

New York Philharmonic is rebroadcasting its 1963 concert featuring Leonard Bernstein conducting Mahler's Symphony No. 2, aoeResurrection.a The performance was held in tribute to President John F. Kennedy two days after his assassination. [Author: Stage Tube]
Tags: Theatre, John F Kennedy, Mahler, Leonard Bernstein, New York Philharmonic, Stage Tube

VIDEO: NY Phil's Joseph Alessi Discusses the Tenor Horn Solo from Mahler's Symphony No. 7

Principal Trombone Joseph Alessi first performed the solo on tenor tuba in 1986 under Leonard Bernstein. In this performance from 2017 under then Music Director Alan Gilbert, Alessi performs the same solo on the English Baritone, which he believes provides a closer version of the sound Mahler was looking for. [Author: Stage Tube]
Tags: Theatre, Phil, Mahler, Leonard Bernstein, Stage Tube, Joseph Alessi, Alan Gilbert Alessi

Netflix Greenlights Bradley Cooper’s Leonard Bernstein Movie With All-Star Producers

Netflix has acquired all rights to the untitled Leonard Bernstein film that Bradley Cooper will direct, star in and produce from the script he co-wrote with Oscar-winning Spotlight scribe Josh Singer. The project exits Paramount, which set the film as a priority project in May 2018. – Deadline
Tags: Art, Media, Netflix, Bradley Cooper, Josh, Leonard Bernstein, 01.21.20, Netflix Greenlights Bradley Cooper

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

When Classical Music Mattered

“As a common language of celebration or eulogy, as a means of expressing collective joy or sorrow, classical music is indeed a dying tongue. Would 2,500 people cram into the nave and transept  of the National Cathedral today to hear Haydn’s Mass in the Time of War, as they did in January 1973, when Leonard Bernstein conducted a concert in protest of President Nixon’s second inaugural?” – American Scholar
Tags: Art, Music, Nixon, Haydn, Leonard Bernstein, 12.02.19

The twenty-five record albums that changed my life (7)

I can’t imagine how a record of concerted works by Berg and Bartók made its way into the classical bin at the musical instrument store in Smalltown, U.S.A. Granted, Isaac Stern and Leonard Bernstein, the album’s conductor, were as famous in 1969 as it was then possible for American classical musicians to be. But Berg and Bartók wrote modern music. – Terry Teachout.
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Leonard Bernstein, Berg, Bartok, Isaac Stern, 10.23.19

Terri Gross Talks To Yannick Nézet-Séguin On ‘Fresh Air’

On conducting with his whole body: “My model in this is really Leonard Bernstein because he also [conveyed] how every bone of the body should express music while on the podium. Why just limit it to the arms, which is what usually people see? It’s the eyes, the eyebrows, the shoulders, the feet.” (audio) – NPR
Tags: Art, Music, Leonard Bernstein, Yannick Nézet Séguin, 04.04.19

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

2018 In Classical Music By The Numbers

Bachtrack’s annual compilation of statistics about classical music worldwide. The headline? About 30,000 performances. Oh, and Leonard Bernstein got a big boost from his anniversary year with a surge in performances of his music. – BachTrack
Tags: Art, Music, Leonard Bernstein, Bachtrack, 01.07.19

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

Leonard Bernstein At 100

He was born 100 years ago on Aug. 25, and his centenary is being celebrated as his achievement — and the smilingly confident place and time he symbolized — seems ever more unrepeatable. Who today could write both “West Side Story” and three thorny, searching symphonies? Who could bring together Brahms and the Beatles on national television, and have millions watch? To what maestro’s left-wing political dalliances would New York magazine devote a cover story in 2018?
Tags: Art, New York, People, Brahms, Leonard Bernstein, 08.23.18

Major Cuts To Leonard Bernstein’s Opera Make It A Chamber Company Work (And, Maybe, A Success)

Check out the numbers for the now 90-minute-long A Quiet Place: “Back in came three arias that had been cut from the final act for the 1986 version. Snips were made throughout. An orchestra of at least 72 players was reduced to an ensemble of 18, creating leaner textures and encouraging a less, well, operatic singing and acting style.”
Tags: Art, Music, Leonard Bernstein, 08.10.18

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