Then & Now 8/25: Happy Birthday Lenny

Leonard Bernstein

On this date in 1959, on his 41st birthday, Leonard Bernstein conducted a performance by the New York Philharmonic in Moscow. The program included Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring" and Ives' "The Unanswered Question."

The Sarasota Orchestra has some Stravinsky and Bernstein for you on their upcoming Masterworks season.  In December they’re presenting a program called “Symphonic Carnival” and will feature Stravinsky’s Firebird, the magical tale of a glowing bird featuring vibrant flashes of orchestral color. And they’ll honor Leonard Bernstein on his 100th birthday year with a performance of the Symphonic Dances from his popular musical, West Side Story.  More information on the Sarasota Orchestra’s upcoming season is online at

Air Date: 
Friday, August 25, 2017 - 8:00am