Latest Leonard Bernstein Stories

2008-07-13 09:00:25

By WORDS BY DAVID BENEDICT This month, 'West Side Story' returns to the London stage in a form unchanged since 1957. Time for a 21st-century makeover? Certainly not, says its original lyricist, Stephen Sondheim... Two woodwind players sneak in fast with an insistent cross rhythm, expectation shimmers on the air... "Could it be? Yes it could/ Something's coming, some-thing good/If I can wait!/ Something's coming, I don't know what it is/But it is/Gonna be great!" That's not just Tony's...

2008-07-06 15:00:18

By Channing Gray If you missed last year's Newport Music Festival, not to worry. Acorn Media has just released a set of 10 DVDs featuring many of the best concerts from the 2007 season, along with commentary from festival director Mark Malkovich. Highlights include the Newport debut of then 20-year-old pianist Adam Golka, a program of piano selections for eight hands, an appearance by the dazzling organist Hector Olivera, and an evening with pianist John Bayless, who spins out...

2008-07-04 09:00:29

By John Von Rhein, Chicago Tribune Jul. 4--Bill McGlaughlin's folksy but informed manner as host of the popular radio series "Exploring Music" has pulled thousands of listeners into the classical experience. But that brings up a question: Why should he confine his missionary work to the studio when there are potentially thousands more to be reached in a live concert version of his program? Operating on that perfectly sensible theory, the Grant Park Music Festival brought McGlaughlin and...

2005-10-07 06:39:11

By Michael Roddy POOLE (Reuters) - Marin Alsop broke a taboo to become the first woman to head a major U.S. orchestra, then won a $500,000 "genius" grant. So what does she do for an encore? "It's all downhill from here," the U.S.-born Alsop, named in July to head the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, laughed after leading her British Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra through Mahler's Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection" at this south coast spa. The American will have to descend from giddy...

2005-09-01 06:46:40

By Isabel Reynolds MATSUMOTO, Japan (Reuters) - For a couple of weeks in late summer each year, the small Japanese mountain town of Matsumoto becomes the kind of place where even the taxi drivers talk classical music. The reason is simple -- Seiji Ozawa. The tousle-headed maestro, who turned 70 on Thursday, became music director of the Vienna State Opera in 2002 after almost three decades in a similar job at the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He spends most of his year conducting the...

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