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Leonard Bernstein: A Legacy

Sunday, August 19, 8:00 PM

90.9 WGUC joins the world in celebrating the brilliance of Leonard Bernstein during this, the centennial year of his birth. Whether as a composer, conductor, performer, or TV host, his contributions to American music are legendary.

Produced by our music director, Jessica Lorey, recording and master engineer, Stephen Baum, and hosted by Brian O'Donnell, Leonard Bernstein: A Legacy brings you a wide range of Bernstein music plus many insights from musicians, conductors, and academics with local ties who knew, worked with, or studied the man many called Lenny.

You'll hear from:

  • Rick Pender (journalist and expert on Stephen Sondheim)
  • Mark Horowitz (Curator of the Bernstein Collection at the Library of Congress)
  • William White (former Assistant Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra)
  • Dick Waller (former Principal Clarinetist with the CSO who studied with Bernstein),
  • Carmon DeLeone (Music Director of the Cincinnati Ballet)
  • Alex Badue (Musical Theater Scholar and Ph.D. in Musicology from UC's College-Conservatory of Music)
  • Neal Gittleman (Conductor and Artistic Director of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Mark Gibson (Director of Orchestral Studies at UC's College-Conservatory of Music who studied with Bernstein),
  • Orin O'Brien (Double Bassist and first woman to join the New York Philharmonic under Bernstein)
  • bruce mcclung (Associate Professor of Musicology at UC's College-Conservatory of Music)
  • Paavo Jarvi (Music Director Laureate of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra).


  • Leonard Bernstein, Candide Overture
    • DG B0027991 – Los Angeles Philharmonic; Leonard Bernstein, conductor
  • Leonard Bernstein, Chichester Psalms: Psalms 108 (Verse 2) & 100
    • Sony 44710 -  New York Philharmonic; The Camerata Singers; Leonard Bernstein, conductor
  • Leonard Bernstein, Sonata for Clarinet and Piano: Grazioso
    • HMU 907508 – Jon Manasse, clarinet; Jon Nakamatsu, piano
  • Leonard Bernstein, Symphony #1 "Jeremiah": Lamentation
    • DG 445245 – Israel Philharmonic; Leonard Bernstein, conductor; Christa Ludwig, mezzo-soprano 
  • Leonard Bernstein, On the Town: Times Square: 1944
    • RCA 68786 – Boston Pops Orchestra; Keith Lockhart, conductor
  • Leonard Bernstein, West Side Story: Cool
    • Sono Luminus 92157 – Modern Mandolin Quartet
  • Leonard Bernstein, West Side Story: Gee, Officer Krupke; One Hand, One Heart
    • Sony – Original Broadway Cast Recording
  • Leonard Bernstein, Slava! – A Political Overture
    • DG B0027991 – Israel Philharmonic; Leonard Bernstein, conductor
  • Leonard Bernstein, Mass: A Simple Song
    • DG 4835009 – Philadelphia Orchestra; Yannick Nezet-Seguin
  • Ludwig van Beethoven, Missa Solemnis: Gloria
    • Sony 31359 – Concentus Musicus Wien & Arnold Schoenberg Choir; Nikolaus Harnoncourt, conductor
  • Johannes Brahms, Piano Concerto #2: Allegretto grazioso
    • DG 415359 – Vienna Philharmonic; Leonard Bernstein, conductor; Krystian Zimerman, piano
  • Leonard Bernstein, West Side Story: Somewhere
    • eOne 7792 – London Symphony Orchestra; Keith Lockhart, conductor; Anne Akiko Meyers, violin

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