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American Dance Music

Leonard Bernstein c. Jack Mitchell

Leonard Bernstein c. Jack Mitchell

Hear Bernstein Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, Tuesday at 12:00 PM

It’s a famous story: in November of 1943, Bernstein’s enormous talent was only beginning to turn heads when Bruno Walter fell ill and needed a sub for his New York Philharmonic concert. On short notice, the energetic assistant conductor from Boston took the podium; the concert was heard live across the nation on CBS radio, and Leonard Bernstein was an overnight success. He became one of the most charismatic figures in American music, as pianist, lecturer, and that most celebrated music director of the New York Philharmonic; creating broadcasts, recordings, and the famous Young People’s Concerts. Twenty years after his passing, Bernstein’s reputation is favoring the legacy he left as a composer.

On Tuesday at 12:00 PM, tune in for Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, a Broadway show he created with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, choreography by Jerome Robbins. West Side Story the film followed in 1961 with Natalie Wood starring as Maria, and Richard Beymer as Tony.

  • Kim

    Hi – I tuned in at 10, but there’s no dance music!
    Where is this broadcast, please?