Conductor and Composer
Leonard Bernstein—“Lenny”—famously made his Carnegie Hall debut on November 14, 1943, substituting on a few hours’ notice for the ailing Bruno Walter, who was scheduled to conduct the New York Philharmonic. Between 1943 and 1990, Bernstein appeared at the Hall nearly 450 times as conductor, pianist, composer, and educator—including the famous televised Young People’s Concerts. His Opening Prayer was the first-ever Carnegie Hall commission and his work has been performed at the Hall more than 700 times. The maestro’s final appearance was on March 3, 1990, conducting the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.
“I can’t live one day without hearing music, playing it, studying it, or thinking about it.”
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Leonard Bernstein at Carnegie Hall
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