Leonard Bernstein

In a departure from sailing Kestrel I am celebrating Bernstein on his 100th birthday.

Departure music would have been his Symphonic Dances from Westside Story and as the pianist for Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the New York Philharmonic.

Re Bernstein I’ve always loved his persona in the music world and his gift of classical  music during his now famous Children’s concerts which I was a beneficiary.  In later life I had the privilege to meet him, shake his hand and speak with him when he addressed the Foreign Correspondents Club while I was a resident in Tokyo.  Tucked between his fingers was the well familiar cigarette.  I’ve read some about his life and the word complex is fitting.   Having watched him conduct, unfortunately not in a concert hall,  I’m not sure I could have followed him but that’s my level of play I guess.  It would be interesting to know the reaction of say a NY Phil violinist of his time about that question.  However it was the glowing acclamations of his music, energy and emotion which obviously went far far beyond the physical motions and stick waving on the podium.

I am forever thankful to Leonard for his musical gifts to so many. Bravo Bravo!!!



Author: S/V Kestrel

Retired maritime executive and cargo surveyor.

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