Leonard Bernstein at 100

b&w photo of the young Leonard Bernstein
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Leonard Bernstein was famous. Not just famous for a musician. Famous, period. As in household name, as in friends with movie stars, as in appearing frequently in sentences with the word "genius."

Bernstein the musician belonged to the world. But he was also a devoted family man.

leonard bernstein in royal blue shirt holding conducting wand
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On Oct. 22, 1983, the Metropolitan Opera threw an all-day bash celebrating its 100th birthday.

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Conducting is both art and science