It was in New York City; Sunday November 14th 1943, at 9am when the young, newly appointed Assistant Conductor of the New York Philharmonic received a phone call the would change his career. He was was told that Bruno Walter had fallen ill and was asked to step in to conduct the Orchestra at Carnegie Hall that afternoon with no time for a rehearsal.
The concerts final notes met with a standing ovation. Leonard Bernstein moved on to became an American composer, author to music lecturer and pianist with international acclaim.
He composed symphonic, orchestral, film and theatre music, choral works, opera, ballet to chamber music. He wrote wrote scores for such favourites as Peter Pan, On The Waterfront to the critically acclaimed West Side Story. Leonard Bernstein bridged the gap between Concert Hall and the World of Broadway with true charismatic style.
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