American Legend

Leonard Bernstein’s musical career was a staggering one. The composer, conductor, pianist, educator, and author was best known for his long-time reign as music director of the New York Philharmonic and for lending the scores to such timeless productions as West Side Story and Candide. The desk from which he often composed, as well his first piano, several batons, Harvard diploma, and the tuxedo he wore are among the some 150 artifacts showcased in Leonard Bernstein at 100, the GRAMMY Museum’s traveling exhibition premiering in Washington, D.C. at the Kennedy Center (through November 5) in honor of the maestro’s centennial birthday. Take in a slew of photographs, score sheets, costumes, and the podium where Bernstein conducted for the NY Phil, along with his plentiful stash of Grammy Awards. Watch clips of his home movies and notable stage works and then lose track of the time with the sound of his music at the listening bar.

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Photos Courtesy of Don Hunstein, via Sony Classical

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