Over the last few months, during Classical 101's Bernstein Summer, you've enjoyed our Bernstein Minutes on-air and online, along with countless performances of Leonard Bernstein's fabulous music in the run-up to the Aug. 25 centennial of his birth.
The big day arrives Saturday, and The American Sound is marking the occasion with a special Bernstein Centennial celebration honoring the man and musician known the world over as Lenny.
Enjoy everything that made Bernstein arguably America's most important classical musician: performances of some of his best-loved works — including Candide and West Side Story — selections from path-breaking pianist Lara Downes' new recording in homage to Bernstein, For Lenny, and Bernstein conducting his own Divertimento for Orchestra and a fun piece by his friend and mentor Aaron Copland.
And make the party even better with Episode 4 of Classical 101's film music podcast, SoundReels, which explores Bernstein's music for the film adaptation of West Side Story.
Join me for a Bernstein Centennial celebration on The American Sound, 6 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Tuesday on Classical 101.