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Lyric and KC Public Library Host Conversation with Jamie Bernstein, Daughter of Leonard Bernstein

  • Kansas City Public Library: Plaza Branch 4801 Main Street Kansas City, MO, 64112 (map)

Lyric Opera General Director and CEO Deborah Sandler has announced that the company will co-sponsor a free special event with the Kansas City Public Library on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library (4801 Main St., KCMO 64112) featuring Jamie Bernstein, eldest daughter of legendary composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein.

A writer, broadcaster, concert narrator, and filmmaker, Bernstein offers a look at her father on the centennial of his birth in her new book, “FAMOUS FATHER GIRL: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein.” The program will include Leonard Bernstein songs performed by members of Lyric Opera’s Resident Artist and Young Artist programs. Afterward, Jamie Bernstein will sign copies of her book, which will be available for purchase at the event.

David Charles Abell — one of Leonard Bernstein’s students and assistants, and conductor of Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s season-opening new production of WEST SIDE STORY — will join Bernstein in the conversation.

This free event will take place on September 13th. Registration is required, and space is limited. For more information and to sign up visit


Earlier Event: September 7
We Are Women: A Bernstein Cabaret
Later Event: September 18
Bernstein talks ‘Famous Father Girl’