BWW Interview Part 1: Jamie Bernstein Celebrates Remarkable Centennial
Ahead of Father's Day, Michael Chabon and Jamie Bernstein dive into the gaps between dads and their kids
By Erica Miner - Broadway World
June 10, 2018
Of the countless celebrations commemorating the 100th anniversary of this musical icon’s birth, perhaps none is more heartfelt than his oldest daughter Jamie’s newly minted memoir, Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein. I caught up with Jamie during her whirlwind book-related travels to discuss the birth of her book—and to reminisce a bit about old times.
Summer’s Five Best Celebrity Memoirs
By Bob Hoover - The Dallas Morning News
June 8, 2018
These new books, one by the daughter of a famous dad, the other by the well-regarded son of a little-known man, explore this abyss with a mix of regret and hope but always with love for their complicated male parent.
Jamie Bernstein, who turns 66 this year, is the oldest of three children of Leonard Bernstein, the larger-than-life figure of America's classical and Broadway musical world. It's the centennial of his birth, hence this memoir.
9 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in June
By Julia Vitale - Vanity Fair
Retta eats a cockroach, Leonard Bernstein’s daughter Jamie remembers her dad’s presence on President Nixon’s “enemies list,” David Lynch believes that artists should never get married, and more...
Seven Books to Keep on Your Summer Reading Radar
By Sarah Stiefvater - PureWow
Leonard Bernstein’s oldest daughter’s memoir is an intimate look at her father’s life and features a supporting cast including the Kennedys, Mike Nichols, John Lennon, Lauren Bacall and more.
Photo Flash: National Museum of American Jewish History Holds 2018 Only in America Gala
By Erica Dreifus - Jewish Journal
May 24, 2018
In this centennial year of Leonard Bernstein’s birth — and a year in which Jewish American Heritage Month (May) has spotlighted Jewish contributions to American music — this memoir by the eminent composer/conductor’s eldest daughter is likely to hold wide appeal. (Consider reading it before Aug. 25, when Lenny would have celebrated his 100th birthday.)
Celebrate 100 Years of Leonard Bernstein With These Festivals
By BWW News Desk - Broadway World
May 24, 2018
This past Tuesday evening, May 22, the National Museum of American Jewish History held the 2018 Only in America Gala at the Mandarin Oriental in New York City. This event celebrated the legacy of legendary Maestro and Broadway composer Leonard Bernstein during his centennial year, and honored his children Jamie Bernstein, Alexander Bernstein, and Nina Bernstein Simmons.
Celebrating the Bernstein centennial with a family album
By Shivani Vora - The New York Times
May 23, 2018
“The diversity of the events is incredible,” Jamie Bernstein said. “There are symposiums at universities, exhibits and film festivals. Opera and theater companies, ballet houses and orchestras are also participating.” She added that her and her siblings are traveling to as many of the celebrations as possible.
‘Something Develops Onstage Called Love’: Baltimore Symphony's Bernstein Centennial
By Patrick Rucker - The Washington Post
May 21, 2018
Of the centenary tributes accorded Leonard Bernstein this year, few could be more personal than the one given by his daughter, Jamie Bernstein, along with soprano Amy Burton and pianists Michael Boriskin and John Musto at the Phillips Collection Sunday afternoon.
Book Review: Leonard Bernstein's Daughter Writes Memoir Ahead Of His 100th Birthday
By Scott Simon - NPR Weekend Edition
May 12, 2018
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. Hear their conversation at the audio link, and read an edited transcript below.
Daughter honors Leonard Bernstein with the Houston Chamber Choir
By Christopher Purdy - WOSU Public Radio
May 11, 2018
Leonard Bernstein and his wife, Chilean-born actress Felicia Montealegre, had three children: Jamie, Alexander and Nina. Montealegre died in 1978. Bernstein died in 1990, at the age of 72.
Their daughter Jamie has penned a memoir, to be published June 12 in celebration of this year's Bernstein birthday centennial. Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein by Jamie Bernstein is, in its way, a love letter to both of her parents.
Review - ‘Late Night with Leonard Bernstein’ was a personal, emotional memorial
By Lawrence Elizabeth Knox - Houston Chronicle
May 9, 2018
Throughout the evening, she will serve as commentator, offering personal reflections and remembrances of her iconic father, who died in 1990, and his rich legacy as a composer, conductor, author, pianist and music educator. In the past few months, she, like her brother and sister, has traveled to at least a dozen different cities, some multiple times, to take part in similar events.
“Late Night with Leonard Bernstein” — a conversation with his daughter Jamie
By Fritz Klug - Revue Magazine
May 4, 2018
At most classical concerts, there are program notes with information about the works and composers to give background and insight into the music.
Late Night with Leonard Bernstein had nothing of the sort: the performance itself was those notes. Over the course of two hours, the great American composer’s daughter, Jamie Bernstein, took the Gilmore Keyboard Festival audience on a journey through her father’s life, influences, friends and “insomniac brain.”
Book Review - Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein
By Jarrett Hoffman - ClevelandClassical.com
May 1, 2018
In a year when arts organizations across the globe have looked back on the life of Leonard Bernstein, it’s easy to lose sight of what his centennial might mean to one of his own children.
Jamie Bernstein will give a personal look at the maestro, composer, pianist, and father in “Late Night with Leonard Bernstein” this Sunday, May 6 at 2:00 pm at the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Gartner Auditorium, as part of the Tri-C Classical Piano Series.
‘Late Night’ takes a spin through Leonard Bernstein's big brain
April 23, 2018
Film documentarian Bernstein (Crescendo! The Power of Music), the oldest of three children of conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein, presents an in-depth, intimate view of her father, juxtaposed with her own upbringing in his shadow. Her memories can be jarringly candid at times: she recalls the superstar conductor on the toilet while smoking, perusing a score, and promising to be with her as soon as he finishes “this movement.”
‘Bernstein at 100’ Was Worth the Wait
By Peter Dobrin - The Philadelphia Inquirer
April 22, 2018
Most families have their share of photos ready to show to visitors. Jamie Bernstein’s family album just happens to be more musical than most.
Lights down, soundtrack up: Leonard Bernstein and Michael Tilson Thomas jousting for elbow room while playing a four-hand “The Rite of Spring.” Bernstein’s voice on a piece of 78 rpm acetate, sending a message to Jerome Robbins about progress on a new work and apologizing for the sloppy playing. Here’s one of his favorite tunes, Noel Coward’s “If Love Were All,” performed live and quite movingly by pianist John Musto and soprano Amy Burton.
On Leonard Bernstein's Centennial, Daughter Jamie Reflects on the Composer's Legacy & Their ‘Raucous’ Household
By John Shulson - The Virginia Gazette
April 17, 2018
While this year’s Virginia Arts Festival has been offering entertainment for months, April begins a constant flow of events, the opening of which kicked off Friday on a mighty musical note with its “Bernstein at 100.”
The program at the Ferguson Center featured the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, under JoAnn Falletta; the Virginia Chorale; Todd Rosenlieb Dance; soloist from the Virginia Children’s Chorus; internationally acclaimed guest soloists Robert McDuffie, violin, and Jon Manasse, clarinet; and as host-narrator Leonard Bernstein’s daughter, Jamie.
Who’s in Town? Jamie Bernstein Reflects on Dad Leonard Bernstein’s Legacy in ‘The Bernstein Story’ at Strathmore
By Joe Lynch - Billboard Magazine
March 19, 2018
Born Aug. 25, 1918, in Lawrence, Mass., to Ukrainian Jewish parents, Leonard Bernstein would grow up to be one of the most successful and influential composer-conductor-pianists of the 21st century. He set new high-water marks in musical theater with On the Town andWest Side Story, composed operas, ballets and symphonies, and became one of the New York Philharmonic's most celebrated music directors. But unlike most of his peers, Bernstein was as recognizable in popular culture as he was critically renowned.
Bernstein's daughter joins Tucson Desert Song Festival - By Cathalena E. Burch
By Nicole Hertvik - DC Metro Theater Arts
February 14, 2018
What a joy, then, to recount that story to Leonard Bernstein’s daughter Jamie, and to personally thank her for the impact her father had on my life. And I’m not the only one feeling the Bernstein love these days: 2018 is the centennial of Leonard Bernstein’s birth and the world is celebrating with Bernstein at 100, a global celebration of Bernstein’s legacy and music.
Leonard Bernstein’s 99th: Conversations With Jamie Bernstein, Alexander Bernstein, And Nina Bernstein-Simmons
By Cathalena E. Burch - Arizona Daily Star
January 16, 2018
Leonard Bernstein’s daughter Jamie is joining the Tucson Symphony Orchestra this weekend to perform the narrator role in her father’s “Kaddish” Symphony. But if you’ve heard the piece before, you might be a little confused. Bernstein, the oldest of the composer’s three children, won’t be reciting the text her father wrote in his 1963 symphony.
By Mike Ragogna - Huffington Post
August 25, 2017
Mike Ragogna: In one year, August 25th, 2018, it would have been your father’s 100th birthday although the celebrations already have begun. For a moment, put aside you family perspective and offer some thoughts on what Leonard Bernstein has contributed to culture.
Jamie Bernstein: Our dad’s prodigious musical gifts sent him in many directions. As a conductor, he shared his deep understanding and passion for the symphonic repertoire with audiences around the world.