The Music of Bernstein and Gershwin

Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin were two 20th century giants, each of whom straddled the classical and popular idioms. Bernstein had a very thorough training in classical music, but had a lifelong love of jazz and Broadway. Gershwin came from the other side, plugging popular tunes for a publishing house and working for Jerome Kern, but he also composed an opera, piano concerto, and the immortal Rhapsody in Blue.

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This lecture explores the similarities and differences between the two men and their contributions to American music. And what could be better than spending an hour or two learning about – and listening to – the music of these two geniuses?