Jamie Bernstein, Famous Father Girl
Jun
25
4:15 PM16:15

Jamie Bernstein, Famous Father Girl

The oldest daughter of revered composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein offers a rare look at her father on the centennial of his birth in a deeply intimate and broadly evocative memoir.

The composer of On the Town and West Side Story, chief conductor of the New York Philharmonic, television star, humanitarian, friend of the powerful and influential, and the life of every party, Leonard Bernstein was an enormous celebrity during one of the headiest periods of American cultural life, as well as the most protean musician in twentieth century America. 

But to his eldest daughter, Jamie, he was above all the man in the scratchy brown bathrobe who smelled of cigarettes; the jokester and compulsive teacher who enthused about Beethoven and the Beatles; the insomniac whose 4 a.m. composing breaks involved spooning baby food out of the jar. He taught his daughter to love the world in all its beauty and complexity. In public and private, Lenny was larger than life.

In Famous Father Girl, Bernstein mines the emotional depths of her childhood and invites us into her family’s private world. A fantastic set of characters populates the Bernsteins’ lives, including: the Kennedys, Mike Nichols, John Lennon, Richard Avedon, Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Robbins, and Betty (Lauren) Bacall.

An intoxicating tale, Famous Father Girl is an intimate meditation on a complex and sometimes troubled man, the family he raised, and the music he composed that became the soundtrack to their entwined lives. Deeply moving and often hilarious, Bernstein’s beautifully written memoir is a great American story about one of the greatest Americans of the modern age.

Jamie Bernstein is a writer, broadcaster, and filmmaker. She travels the world as a concert narrator. Her documentary, Crescendo: The Power of Music, is available on Netflix. She lives in New York City.


Event date: 
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 4:15pm

Event address: 
Porter Square Books
25 White St.
Cambridge, MA 02140

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Dorset Theater Festival - 2019 Summer Stars Gala
Jun
23
6:00 PM18:00

Dorset Theater Festival - 2019 Summer Stars Gala

Featuring Jamie Bernstein

“Growing up together in iconic musical theatre families and as close friends, I know Jamie Bernstein is the real deal when it comes to captivating storytelling and formidable talent. We are so lucky to have her as the our headlining entertainment at this year’s gala.” - Constance P. Beaty, Dorset Theatre Festival Board Chair

The eldest daughter of revered composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein, features a bespoke performance titled, Bernstein's Piano Snapshots: Musical Portraits of Family and Friends

Narrator, writer, and broadcaster Jamie Bernstein became a lifelong cultural enthusiast growing up in the ebullient household of her parents, composer-conductor Leonard Bernstein and pianist and actress Felicia Montealegre. Inheriting her father’s passion to share and teach, she has devised several ways of communicating her own excitement about classical music, including The Bernstein Beat, a family concert about her father modeled after his own groundbreaking Young People’s Concerts, and narrated concerts about Mozart and Copland. From Beijing to Caracas to Vancouver, she has appeared as a concert narrator in Sir William Walton’s Facade, Copland’s A Lincoln Portrait, her father’s Symphony No. 3 (Kaddish), and others. As a broadcaster, she has produced or hosted numerous radio programs in the U.S. and for the BBC, including live New York Philharmonic and Tanglewood broadcasts, and various WQXR series. Her critically acclaimed biography Famous Father Girl was released in 2018.

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Women's League of Sutton Place Synagogue
Jun
6
7:00 PM19:00

Women's League of Sutton Place Synagogue

Jamie Bernstein, author, broadcaster, filmmaker, and the oldest daughter of distinguished composer-conductor Leonard Bernstein, will be the special speaker *

Jamie Bernstein’s book, Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein, will be available for sale and personally signed. This memoir details her youth growing up in an atmosphere overflowing with music, theatre, and literature.

* Light refreshments will be served.

* Please RSVP by Monday, June 3rd to Ann Lindenbaum at (347) 524 - 5900 or the.womens.league.sps@gmail.com.

Bring Your Friends - Spread the word Men and Women are welcome!

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Famous Father Girl with Author Jamie Bernstein
May
22
7:30 PM19:30

Famous Father Girl with Author Jamie Bernstein

The oldest daughter of revered composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein offers a rare look at her father on the centennial of his birth in a deeply intimate and broadly evocative memoir.


An intoxicating tale, Famous Father Girl is an intimate meditation on a complex and sometimes troubled man, the family he raised, and the music he composed that became the soundtrack to their entwined lives.

The author will speak and sign purchased copies of the book.

The event is open to the public.

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Famous Father Girl: An Evening with Jamie Bernstein
May
21
7:00 PM19:00

Famous Father Girl: An Evening with Jamie Bernstein

Presented by Sinai Mitzvah Foundation

Special Guest Soulful, Symphony’s Darin Atwater

$75 – Doors open at 6:00pm and include Meet & Greet Reception with Jamie and Darin
$50 – Doors open at 6:45pm

Composer Leonard Bernstein’s daughter, Jamie Bernstein, and Soulful Symphony founder, Darin Atwater, will headline an unforgettable evening filled with music and storytelling. From Symphony No. 1 Jeremiah in 1942 to Concerto for Orchestra in 1989; from ballet to opera to film scores; from On The Town to Westside Story, Leonard Bernstein is one of the most prolific and beloved composers of our time. Jamie will speak about her father’s legacy, her life and her new memoir, “Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein.”

From composing his own music to his talents as a pianist, conductor and music producer, Darin Atwater has appeared with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and founded the Soulful Symphony, an 85-member orchestra with mostly African American and Latino musicians. Mr. Atwater is an accomplished musician releasing his debut album this year.

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The Bernstein Concert: A Celebration
May
19
4:00 PM16:00

The Bernstein Concert: A Celebration

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Wilshire Boulevard Temple presents some of Leonard Bernstein’s greatest musical compositions in a concert narrated by his daughter and author of the memoir Famous Father Girl, Jamie Bernstein, and performed by six cantors and a chamber orchestra.

The Bernstein Concert is truly a celebration of the man and his music, featuring selections from his Broadway musicals, West Side StoryCandideOn the TownPeter Pan, and Wonderful Town and classical compositions such as Arias and Barcarolles sung by Wilshire Boulevard Temple Cantors Don Gurney and Lisa Peicott with special guests, Cantors Phil BaronMark ChildsKay Greenwald, and Stephanie Kupfer.

Performed in the soaring sanctuary of Wilshire Boulevard Temple, music and memories come together in a setting that recalls the influential origin of the composer’s work.

As the narrator, Jamie Bernstein expands on portions of her memoir with personal recollections and family history to provide insight and enrich the musical experience. Copies of her book, Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein, will be available for sale and signing at the event.

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Bernstein Reimagined: Third Annual Michael Rukin Concert
May
16
7:30 PM19:30

Bernstein Reimagined: Third Annual Michael Rukin Concert

The 3rd Annual Michael B. Rukin Memorial Concert at Berklee Performance Center

Reserved seats at $125 reception & premium seat* / $60 / $50 / $40 / $25

Tickets sold through Berklee Performance Center.

An evening of unexpected pairings of Bernstein music and superb, creative musicians. Imagine a bluegrass version of Officer Krupke, or a tap dance to the Brass Quintet. Hosted by Broadway musical director and radio host, Seth Rudetsky, and singer Andrea Burns (In the Heights, On Your Feed, Next to Normal, Beauty and the Beast), this show is a creative review featuring jazz, classical, bluegrass, spoken word and more – unlike any other Bernstein tribute you’ve seen.

Featured artists: jazz pianist Ran Blake, vocalist Dominique Eade, singer/songwriter Vance Gilbert, pianist Donald Berman and baritone David Kravitz, the Lonely Heartstring Band, Triton Brass Quintet and other surprises.

*Pre-concert reception at the Capital Grille, 5:30pm. $125 ticket includes cocktail reception and premium seating concert ticket.

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Marsha Rivkind Raleigh Lecture: Growing up Bernstein with Jamie Bernstein
May
5
1:30 PM13:30

Marsha Rivkind Raleigh Lecture: Growing up Bernstein with Jamie Bernstein

The composer of On the Town and West Side Story, chief conductor of the New York Philharmonic, television star, humanitarian, friend of the powerful and influential, and the life of every party, Leonard Bernstein was an enormous celebrity during one of the headiest periods of American cultural life, as well as the most protean musician in twentieth century America.

In her memoir, published on the centennial of her father’s birth, Jamie Bernstein invites us into her family’s private world. Famous Father Girl is an intimate meditation on a complex and sometimes troubled man, the family he raised, and the music he composed that became the soundtrack to their entwined lives.

Jamie Bernstein is an author, narrator, filmmaker, and broadcaster. She is the co-director of Crescendo: The Power of Music, a documentary about youth orchestra programs inspired by Venezuela’s El Sistema model. In addition to The Bernstein Beat, an interactive concert modeled after her father’s groundbreaking Young People’s Concerts, Jamie has also written and narrated concerts for audiences of all ages about Mozart, Aaron Copland, and Stravinsky.

This lecture is funded by the Friends of the Jewish Community Library’s Marsha Rivkind Raleigh Memorial Fund, named for a beloved Library patron and supporter. The talk will be followed by a reception.

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Sonoma Authors Festival - Jamie Bernstein
May
3
12:00 PM12:00

Sonoma Authors Festival - Jamie Bernstein

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Jamie Bernstein is a writer, broadcaster, concert narrator, and filmmaker who transformed a lifetime of loving music into a career of sharing her knowledge and excitement with others. In Famous Father Girl (2018), Bernstein mines the emotional depths of her childhood and invites us into her family’s private world. An intoxicating tale, Famous Father Girl is an intimate meditation on her father, Leonard Bernstein, a complex and sometimes troubled man, the family he raised, and the music he composed that became the soundtrack to their entwined lives. Chosen as one of NPR’s Book Concierge 2018 Great Reads, Bernstein’s beautifully written memoir is an insightful American story about one of the greatest Americans of the modern age.

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Booked for Lunch with Jamie Bernstein
Apr
26
12:00 PM12:00

Booked for Lunch with Jamie Bernstein

Join us for the special Booked for Lunch event with the daughter of the famous Leonard Bernstein and musical guests the Neave Trio!

Composer of On the Town and West Side Story, chief conductor of the New York Philharmonic, television star, humanitarian, friend of the powerful and influential, and the life of every party, Leonard Bernstein was an enormous celebrity during one of the headiest periods of American cultural life, as well as the most protean musician in twentieth-century America. 

But to his eldest daughter, Jamie, he was above all the man in the scratchy brown bathrobe who smelled of cigarettes; the jokester and compulsive teacher who enthused about Beethoven and the Beatles; the insomniac whose 4 a.m. composing breaks involved spooning baby food out of the jar. He taught his daughter to love the world in all its beauty and complexity. In public and private, Lenny was larger than life.

In Famous Father Girl, Bernstein mines the emotional depths of her childhood and invites us into her family’s private world. A fantastic set of characters populates the Bernsteins’ lives, including the Kennedys, Mike Nichols, John Lennon, Richard Avedon, Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Robbins, and Betty (Lauren) Bacall.

The Center will come alive with the music Bernstein made with a very special performance by the Neave Trip of the Longy School of Music and Bard College who will treat us to some of our Bernstein favorites!

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Pop-Up Book Group with Jamie Bernstein: FAMOUS FATHER GIRL
Apr
25
7:30 PM19:30

Pop-Up Book Group with Jamie Bernstein: FAMOUS FATHER GIRL

by BOOKTHEWRITER

Please join us for a Pop-Up Book Group with memoirist Jamie Bernstein to discuss her new memoir, FAMOUS FATHER GIRL: A MEMOIR OF GROWING UP BERNSTEIN.

Pop-Up Book Groups are small gatherings in private homes with some of the most exciting novelists, memoirists, humorists, biographers, non-fiction writers and essayists at work today -- fascinating conversations about the book and the writing process, capped at 20 participants. After you register, please purchase (in any format) and read the book. Registrants will receive the address about one week before the book group. Bring your copy to be signed!

The oldest daughter of revered composer Leonard Bernstein offers a rare look at her father on the centenary of his birth—illuminating a man, a city, and an era that defined modern culture—in a deeply intimate and broadly evocative memoir reminiscent of Alexandra Styron’s Reading My Fatherand Richard Ford’s Between Them.

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 Jamie Bernstein, "Famous Father Girl"
Apr
14
2:00 PM14:00

Jamie Bernstein, "Famous Father Girl"

The oldest daughter of revered composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein offers a rare look at her father on the centennial of his birth in a deeply intimate and broadly evocative memoir. In Famous Father Girl, Bernstein mines the emotional depths of her childhood and invites us into her family's private world. A fantastic set of characters populates the Bernsteins' lives, including: the Kennedys, Mike Nichols, John Lennon, Richard Avedon, Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Robbins, and Betty (Lauren) Bacall. An intoxicating tale and an intimate meditation on a complex and sometimes troubled man, the family he raised, and the music he composed that became the soundtrack to their entwined lives. Deeply moving and often hilarious, Bernstein's beautifully written memoir is a great American story about one of the greatest Americans of the modern age.

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CATHY AND MORRIS BART JEWISH CULTURAL ARTS SERIES
Apr
10
7:00 PM19:00

CATHY AND MORRIS BART JEWISH CULTURAL ARTS SERIES

FAMOUS FATHER GIRL: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein will be discussed by the author, Jamie Bernstein. The oldest daughter of revered composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein offers a rare look at her father on the centennial of his birth in a deeply intimate and broadly evocative memoir.
Free and open to the community
New Orleans JCC - Uptown

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Jewish Book Month "Extra Chapter" with Jamie Bernstein
Apr
7
7:00 PM19:00

Jewish Book Month "Extra Chapter" with Jamie Bernstein

The oldest daughter of revered composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein offers a rare look at her father on the centennial of his birth in this deeply intimate and evocative memoir. Famous Father Girl is an intoxicating tale about a complex man, the family he raised, and the world famous music he composed. Jamie Bernstein is a writer, broadcaster, and filmmaker and travels the world as a concert narrator.

With JCCNS International Jewish Film Festival screening of the documentary Leonard Bernstein, Larger than Life.

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Jamie Bernstein -Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein
Apr
3
7:00 PM19:00

Jamie Bernstein -Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein

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The oldest daughter of Leonard Bernstein, one of the 20th century’s most revered musicians, offers a rare look at her father on the centennial of his birth. Book signing to follow. 

General Admission Seating 
Price: $18; Member Price: $15 No refunds. No exchanges. All sales are final. 

David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre 

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SJFF Film & Author: Jamie Bernstein
Mar
31
4:00 PM16:00

SJFF Film & Author: Jamie Bernstein

"The oldest daughter of revered composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein offers a rare look at her father on the centennial of his birth in a deeply intimate and broadly evocative memoir. Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein is an intoxicating tale and an intimate meditation on a complex and sometimes troubled man, the family he raised, and the music he composed that became the soundtrack of their entwined lives. Jamie Bernstein is a writer, broadcaster, and filmmaker. She travels the world as a concert narrator. The event includes a pre-film author interview and discussion followed by a Seattle Jewish Film Festival screening of a new documentary film about Leonard Bernstein This author is presented in partnership with The Jewish Book Council. Reception, book sales, and book signing to follow.

This special event is part of the 24th annual Seattle Jewish Film Festival 2019. Film admission only included with SJFF pass." 

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Jamie Bernstein Famous Father Girl: A Memoir about Growing Up Bernstein
Mar
29
8:00 PM20:00

Jamie Bernstein Famous Father Girl: A Memoir about Growing Up Bernstein

Jamie Bernstein Famous Father Girl: A Memoir about Growing Up Bernstein

Friday Shabbat Service

Book lovers will enter the fall holidays with enthusiasm centering around the Jewish books that have arrived on our library’s shelves. Come take a look at the library cart with our newest books as well as shelves with memoirs, fiction and nonfiction. The Odell/ Diamond Library is a reminder that Jewish literature and culture have survived throughout our history.
This year, MLRT will again welcome fantastic authors who will speak about their new books by way of the Jewish Book Council (JBC). Mark your calendars and be sure to join us to give these authors a warm welcome.

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Leonard Bernstein: Behind the Curtain
Mar
28
7:00 PM19:00

Leonard Bernstein: Behind the Curtain

by Jewish Community Center of Northern New Jersey

Join the Jewish Community Center of Northern New Jersey at Bacari Grill in Washington Township for an evening of revelations about one of the 20th century’s best known musicians.

Chief conductor of the New York Philharmonic, composer of such scores as West Side Story, Candide, On the Waterfront, and On the Town, Renaissance artist in a variety of musical forms, and all-around celebrity, Leonard Bernstein held court with everyone from the Kennedys to the Black Panthers to John Lennon. In this intimate portrait of a complicated and occasionally tormented artist and father, Jamie Bernstein—a celebrated concert narrator, broadcaster, journalist, poet, and radio producer/host in her own right—tells the intimate story of the man who taught her to love this messy and beautiful world.

Guests will enjoy Bernstein vocal selections performed by Kristen Plumley, soprano & Ron Levy, piano, author book signing, wine, beer and hors d'oeuvres – followed by coffee and dessert.

Tickets are $36 and include book Famous Father Girl by Jamie Bernstein.

Early bird discount: $2 off for all tickets purchased by January 30th.

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JAMIE BERNSTEIN – LEONARD BERNSTEIN’S DAUGHTER, FAMOUS FATHER GIRL – A MEMOIR OF GROWING UP BERNSTEIN
Mar
26
7:00 PM19:00

JAMIE BERNSTEIN – LEONARD BERNSTEIN’S DAUGHTER, FAMOUS FATHER GIRL – A MEMOIR OF GROWING UP BERNSTEIN

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The oldest daughter of revered composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein offers a rare look at her father on the centennial of his birth in a deeply intimate and broadly evocative memoir. Bernstein mines the emotional depths of her childhood, and invites us into her family?s private world. A fantastic set of characters populates the Bernsteins? lives, including the Kennedys, Mike Nichols, John Lennon and so many more. Bernstein?s beautifully written memoir is a great American story about one of the greatest Americans of the modern age.

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 Afterword with Jamie Bernstein
Mar
24
1:00 PM13:00

Afterword with Jamie Bernstein

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Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein

Jamie Bernstein, the oldest daughter of revered composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein, offers a rare look at her father on the centennial of his birth in a deeply intimate and broadly evocative memoir. In Famous Father Girl, Bernstein mines the emotional depths of her childhood and invites us into her family's private world.

Bernstein is a writer, broadcaster, and filmmaker. She travels the world as a concert narrator. Join us for a screening of West Side Story paired with Bernstein’s talk.

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Jamie Bernstein
Mar
14
7:30 PM19:30

Jamie Bernstein

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Jamie Bernstein is a writer, broadcaster, concert narrator, and filmmaker (her documentary Crescendo: The Power of Music is now available on Netflix). She is the oldest daughter of revered composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein and offers a rare look at her father on the centennial of his birth in her deeply intimate and evocative Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein (Harper/June 12, 2018).

Leonard Bernstein was an enormous celebrity during one of the headiest periods of American cultural life, as well as the most protean musician in twentieth-century America. But to his eldest daughter, Jamie, he was above all the man in the scratchy brown bathrobe who smelled of cigarettes; the jokester and compulsive teacher who enthused about Beethoven and the Beatles; the insomniac whose 4 a.m. composing breaks involved spooning baby food out of the jar. In public and private, Lenny was larger than life.

InFamous Father Girl, Bernstein invites us into her family’s glamorous world. But this is also the story of a young girl who herself caught the creative bug and the desire to express herself musically. And the tension of doing so, while living under the shadow of the country’s most renowned musician, forms this memoir’s emotional core.

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CSI Author Series: Famous Father Girl A Memoir of Growing up Bernstein
Mar
12
7:00 PM19:00

CSI Author Series: Famous Father Girl A Memoir of Growing up Bernstein

by Hillel at the College of Staten Island

In a deeply intimate and broadly evocative memoir, the eldest daughter of revered composer-conductor Leonard Bernstein offers a rare look at her father on the centennial of his birth.

The composer of On the Town and West Side Story, chief conductor of the New York Philharmonic, television star, humanitarian, friend of the powerful and influential, and the life of every party, Leonard Bernstein was an enormous celebrity during one of the headiest periods of American cultural life, as well as the most protean musician in twentieth century America.

In Famous Father Girl, his eldest daughter, Jamie mines the emotional depths of her childhood and invites us into her family’s private world. A fantastic set of characters populates the Bernsteins’ lives, including: the Kennedys, Mike Nichols, John Lennon, Richard Avedon, Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Robbins, and Betty (Lauren) Bacall.

An intoxicating tale, Famous Father Girl is an intimate meditation on a complex and sometimes troubled man, the family he raised, and the music he composed that became the soundtrack to their entwined lives. Deeply moving and often hilarious, Bernstein’s beautifully written memoir is a great American story about one of the greatest Americans of the modern age.

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Bernstein, Broadway & Beyond hosted by Jamie Bernstein
Mar
2
7:30 PM19:30

Bernstein, Broadway & Beyond hosted by Jamie Bernstein

To continue the worldwide celebrations of the Leonard Bernstein centennial in 2018, Sinfonia teams up with Broadway star and recording artist Morgan James, and star of the concert stage, screen, TV, and Broadway Nicholas Rodriguez, to feature the best of Bernstein’s timeless concert and Broadway masterpieces including “West Side Story”, "On the Town" and “Candide” plus more of Broadway's best. Bernstein’s daughter Jamie will serve as host for the evening.

Presenter: Sinfonia Gulf Coast

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Author Talk with Jamie Bernstein: Famous Father Girl
Feb
7
7:00 PM19:00

Author Talk with Jamie Bernstein: Famous Father Girl

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The oldest daughter of revered composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein offers a rare look at her father on the centennial of his birth in a deeply intimate and broadly evocative memoir. In Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein, the authoer mines the emotional depths of her childhood and invites us into her family's private world. A fantastic set of characters populates the Bernsteins' lives, including: the Kennedys, Mike Nichols, John Lennon, Richard Avedon, Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Robbins, and Betty (Lauren) Bacall. The book is an intoxicating tale and an intimate meditation on a complex and sometimes troubled man, the family he raised, and the music he composed that became the soundtrack to their entwined lives. Deeply moving and often hilarious, Bernstein's beautifully written memoir is a great American story about one of the greatest Americans of the modern age.

Suggested donation: $5
Springfield JCC and Yiddish Book Center members: FREE

Co-sponsored by the Yiddish Book Center

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