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Leonard Bernstein

Celebrating Bernstein on Broadway With a Special Bernstein Event

Shoshana Greenberg | Posted 09.16.2014 | Arts
Shoshana Greenberg

As rehearsals continued for the upcoming Broadway revival of On the Town, New York City audiences had a more immediate opportunity to celebrate Leonard Bernstein's first musical about sailors on leave in the Big Apple.

Field Notes From a Music Biz Life (Part 3)

Michael Sigman | Posted 08.27.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

My father, the songwriter Carl Sigman, was a rational man and his anti-rock screeds had their own internal logic: "It's noise," therefore "it's not music." Ipso facto, "they should call it something else." QED.

Friends, Rain Plans, Love Songs & Lullabies: Conversations with Smokey Robinson, Israel Nash & Darryl Tookes

Mike Ragogna | Posted 08.26.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Smokey Robinson: "When I sit down to write a song, every time I try to write a song, I'm trying to write a song that people would've sung 50 years ago, now, and 50 years from now."

Lauren Bacall, Too ...

John Mauceri | Posted 08.18.2014 | Arts
John Mauceri

Inadvertent angels come in many sizes and shapes. They are not always angels of mercy, and -- as many can attest -- Lauren Bacall was no Mother Teresa. And yet there was at least one lesson to be learned from knowing her a little.

It's About the Music, Stupid!

George Heymont | Posted 08.11.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

With so many people listening to music through earbuds, I frequently wonder if any of them have a library of music resting within their memory that they can access without the help of an electronic device.

Elaine Stritch, Carlo Bergonzi, Mary Rodgers and Lorin Maazel - Part 2

John Mauceri | Posted 08.05.2014 | Arts
John Mauceri

Carlo Bergonzi was one of the "other" tenors when I was a teenager going to the Metropolitan Opera. Like Nicolai Gedda, Bergonzi was a tenor's tenor. He did not send off fireworks like a Tucker or a Corelli. He did not summon the deep wells of sadness that Vickers could. He was simply perfect.

Elaine Stritch, Carlo Bergonzi, Mary Rodgers and Lorin Maazel (Part 1)

John Mauceri | Posted 08.04.2014 | Arts
John Mauceri

Within the past month we have read with sadness of the deaths of four important artists who seemingly have little in common: composer and author Mary Rodgers Guettel, internationally famous American conductor Lorin Maazel, Broadway and cabaret star Elaine Stritch, and the legendary operatic tenor Carlo Bergonzi. They do actually have one thing in common: me.

The Great Dream: An American Opera

Daron Hagen | Posted 09.17.2014 | Arts
Daron Hagen

We're in for a wild ride the next few years. Some really great operas are going to be produced. The Great Dream is coming true.

Musical Ambassador Gabriel Kahane Tells LA Stories

Michael Sigman | Posted 09.09.2014 | Los Angeles
Michael Sigman

Taken as a whole, The Ambassador reclaims Los Angeles from Tinseltown stereotypes and celebrates the city's authentic culture while still paying homage to its Hollywood myths.

Felder as Bernstein in Maestro: Fine Fusion of Biography, Music

Leo Stutzin | Posted 08.10.2014 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Felder handles the story's many moods with grace and versatility, usually sitting at the piano and blending his words with virtuosic playing of pieces by Beethoven, Mahler, Wagner, Grieg and others, and naturally by Bernstein.

First Nighter": A Feeble "Fable," A Lively "So, This Then is Life"

David Finkle | Posted 07.22.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

When Chandra (Dawn-Lyen Gardner) slips happily through an upstage door to smell the trellis roses at the start of A Fable, David Van Asselt's new play at the Cherry Lane, it's the extremely naïve theater-goer who won't immediately guess that the young girl's innocent joy isn't going to last much longer.

On the Future of Wagnerism, Part 2: Jewish Wagnerites and Wagner Societies

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 06.23.2014 | Arts
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

Part 1 of "On The Future of Wagnerism," "Do New Revelations of Hitler's Taste in Art Cast New Light on Wagner Appreciation?" was published on Huffingt...

First Nighter: Mary Martin Let Down in Inventing Mary Martin

David Finkle | Posted 06.27.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Somehow it should seem appropriate that Inventing Mary Martin is as corny as Kansas in August. But the kind of corniness prevalent in conceiver-writer Stephen Cole's revue, at the York, tributing one of Broadway's great musical comedy leading ladies, is never welcome.

A Conversation With Maestro James Conlon

Sean Martinfield | Posted 06.21.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Beginning Thursday, April 24 through Saturday, April 26, San Francisco Symphony presents an extraordinary combination of masterworks conducted by James Conlon.

The Brooklyn Candide -- a Weird and Wonderful Triumph of Imagination Over Funding

Myra Chanin | Posted 04.26.2014 | New York
Myra Chanin

One might well ask, why was a non-believer like me leaping onto four different subway trains to get to St. Charles Borromeo's Church in Brooklyn Heigh...

On the Future of Wagnerism: Do New Revelations About Hitler's Taste in Art Cast New Light on Wagner Appreciation?

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 04.20.2014 | Arts
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

What's to be done about someone whose art is or seems to be so great, but whose prejudices were unquestionably contributory to great evil? How do you continue to appreciate art once aware of the enormity it was accessory to?

Well... I Won't Be Welcome There

Tony Woodcock | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Tony Woodcock

It has been said that though the "educational" kids' concert is merely a symptom of the general malaise in programming and concert presentation in the main orchestral season. It seems to be down to asking what audience and audience development do we want?

Learning and 'Teaching' Chichester Psalms With Leonard Bernstein

Stephen Somary | Posted 11.07.2013 | Arts
Stephen Somary

In the mid-1980s, after a long dinner party at the Leonard Bernstein residence in Manhattan, I went to the back of the apartment where Bernstein had his studio to tell him I was leaving. He was sitting behind his desk looking at a score of his Chichester Psalms.

Lennon-McCartney Melodies Linger On and On, Across the Universe

Michael Sigman | Posted 10.21.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

When I asked friends who've put in their 10,000 hours of intense pop music listening to pick a favorite melody from the past 50 years, there was no do...

Aisle View: Lenny's New York in the Berkshires

Steven Suskin | Posted 09.07.2013 | Arts
Steven Suskin

On the Town with youthful high spirits from the music, empathy from the actors, and comedy firing on all cylinders. "New York, New York" in Pittsfield, well worth the trip up the Taconic.

Introducing Cheyenne Jackson and Alexandra Silber as San Francisco Symphony's Tony & Maria in West Side Story

Sean Martinfield | Posted 08.27.2013 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

"it's a timeless story. Different classes, different backgrounds all of that stuff rings true and always will. And the fact that I'm going to be representing Tony for a lot of folks is not lost on me."

Leonard Bernstein's Arts-Based Education Revolution

Alexander Bernstein | Posted 08.12.2013 | Impact
Alexander Bernstein

Most people know my father, Leonard Bernstein, as an iconic American composer and conductor. However, he was also a dedicated teacher. He sought to use music, fine arts, and performing arts to instill a lifelong love of learning in students.

Tenor Noah Stewart Debuts With Berkeley Symphony in World Premiere of New Work by Steven Stucky

Sean Martinfield | Posted 05.19.2013 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

"We're inundated with so many messages on TV and the radio. We need to go back to the simplicity of a voice and a piano in a space where you can feel the energy of your neighbors."

A Hearty Evening of Brahms and Tchaikovsky

Ayano Hodouchi | Posted 05.04.2013 | Arts
Ayano Hodouchi

I've been hearing this music since the cradle, yet, when played right, it never fails to surprise me with its gems of tenderness. This evening, there were no such surprises. Pretty and attractive music, to be sure, but it's not the same thing as opening up the treasures of your heart.

Stellar Cabaret Tribute to Bernstein at Davenport's Piano Bar

Robert Bullen | Posted 01.19.2013 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

In One Hand, One Heart: The Musicals of Leonard Bernstein, we get a small but satisfyingly representative sampling of Bernstein's highly eclectic work as primarily a theatre writer.