‘Something Develops Onstage Called Love’: Baltimore Symphony's Bernstein Centennial

By Scott Simon - NPR Weekend Edition
May 12, 2018

It's the Leonard Bernstein centennial this year and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has been celebrating.

Last weekend, music director Marin Alsop and the orchestra played music from Bernstein's CandideOn the Town and West Side Story — and shared photographs and videos of Bernstein with the audience. "Something develops onstage called love," he says in one clip, from a 1990 tribute on CBS Sunday Morning. "I'm sorry to use this four-letter-word; it's just so abused. But that's what it is — that's what it's all about. And it's not just a love between me and the orchestra. It is among themselves, and boy, does that make music."

Marin Alsop invited NPR's Scott Simon to join her onstage at that event for a discussion her and with Jamie Bernstein, the composer's daughter — who is publishing a memoir in June called Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein.

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