Leonard Bernstein


Last night the New York Philharmonic and I performed Mahler’s Second Symphony - The Resurrection - in tribute to the memory of our beloved late President. There were those who asked: Why the Resurrection Symphony, with its visionary concept of hope and triumph over worldly pain, instead of a Requiem, or the customary Funeral March from the Eroica? Why indeed? We played the Mahler symphony not only in terms of resurrection for the soul of one we love, but also for the resurrection of hope in all of us who mourn him

Leonard Bernstein, from "Tribute to John F. Kennedy" printed in FINDINGS by Leonard Bernstein, 1982

Leonard Bernstein found fame as one of the first American conductors to attain international success. He was born on August 25 in Lawrence, Massachussetts. He was musical from a young age, and eventually went to study Music theory at Harvard. He was accepted onto the incredibly prestigious masterclass in conducting by the famed Serge Koussevitsky. He got his big break when he came to conduct the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in 1943 as one of the first American conductors to lead international orchestras. Bernstein was always a fan of classical and popular music, and is famed for helping to write the score to “West Side Story”. After a lengthy battle with emphysema, he died in 1990 aged 72.