Princeton Symphony Orchestra Explores Bernstein's NY Philharmonic Legacy, Today

Princeton Symphony Orchestra Explores Bernstein's NY Philharmonic Legacy, TodayOn Wednesday, September 26 at 7 pm, in partnership with the Princeton Public Library, Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) presents a multi-media presentation exploring Leonard Bernstein's ground-breaking music directorship and legacy at the New York Philharmonic. NY Philharmonic Archives Manager Gabryel Smith will give the talk, placing special emphasis on the Bernstein treasures found in the Philharmonic's archival collections. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions following the presentation.

Leonard Bernstein was appointed assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in 1943. He made his famous conducting debut when guest conductor Bruno Walter came down with the flu. The concert was broadcast nationally on CBS Radio, and the next day, The New York Times carried the story on its front page. Afterwards, Bernstein was invited to appear as a guest conductor with many U.S. orchestras. Bernstein was named the music director of the New York Philharmonic in 1957, replacing Dimitri Mitropoulos. He began his tenure in that position in 1958, and remained until 1969.

The presentation is an accompaniment to the PSO's A Bernstein Celebration concert with performances on September 29 and 30. The PSO is proud to be a part of #BernsteinAt100, a two-year global celebration honoring Mr. Bernstein by performing his music and continuing his legacy of education and outreach.

Soundtracks takes place in the library's Community Room, and is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Soundtracks is presented in partnership with the Princeton Public Library and made possible this season through the support of VelocIT.

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