An elegant, captivating collection of significant photographs to celebrate the iconic 20th century composer/conductors Centennial in 2018.Leonard Bernstein was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, the son of Eastern European Jewish immigrants. He died 72 years later, an international superstar and American icon. He achieved a level of celebrity that few musicians, and fewer classical musicians, ever attain. The first American-born musician to become the leader of a major American orchestra, Bernstein launched a new era, still very much alive today, broadening the path for all American musicians ever since.Bernsteins life captivated the public, giving rise to many indelible photographs by many of the greatest photographers of the 20th Century. Whether on stage or backstage, jet-setting from country to country, partying with other celebrities or at home with his family, this book tells Bernsteins story through the lenses of such masters as Richard Avedon, Heni Cartier-Bresson, Bruce Davidson, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Ernst Haas, Ken Heyman, Stanley Kubrick, Gjon Mili, Ralph Morse, Carl Mydans, Arnold Newman, Ruth Orkin, Gordon Parks, and Irving Penn.Bernstein landed squarely in the public eye beginning in 1943, when his last-minute conducting debut with the New York Philharmonic, broadcast nationwide from Carnegie Hall, caused a media sensation. The dynamic young musician was barely 25 years old. Fifteen years later, as the New York Philharmonics Music Director, he began regularly presenting the orchestras Young Peoples Concerts over the CBS television network. Leonard Bernstein became a household name across the nation.But Bernstein was so much more. He was also a celebrated composer in multiple genres
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Leonard Bernstein, American composer, conductor, pianist, educator, and humanitarian. Leonard Bernstein at 100 is a worldwide centennial celebration that begins on August 25, 2017, on the day of his 99th birthday, and runs through August 25, 2019.