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Always on the forefront of American culture, whether it was composing for Broadway or the symphonic orchestra, hiring the first women musicians, defending the rights of African Americans, promoting public education, or championing new composers and works, Bernstein was a powerful force who ignited social, political, and cultural change. Through the text of Burton Bernstein, Leonard's younger brother, as well as contributions from other prominent writers, historians, and journalists, Bernstein's remarkable career (spanning almost six decades) and his widespread impact in many areas will be examined and celebrated.This beautifully designed and highly illustrated book will showcase some 100-150 photographs, excerpts from Bernstein's writings, reviews, posters, and other ephemera. The book will be published in August 2008, marking the 90th birthday of Bernstein, and the 50th anniversary of Bernstein's first season as Music Director of the Philharmonic. The Philharmonic will be promoting and planning events worldwide for the 50th anniversary - a Bernstein Year (2008-2009). Additional essays from leading journalists, historians, and musicians - including Pulitzer Prize winners John Adams and Tim Page, Joseph Horowitz, and Ira Glazer - discuss Bernstein's impact on his times as well as the political and social climate in America that shaped Bernstein's activism (women's rights, civil rights, politics, etc.).

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780061537868
ISBN-10: 0061537861
Format: Hardback
(241mm x 216mm x 19mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Harper
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Publish Date: 15-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - Burton Bernstein

Burton Bernstein, staff writer for the New Yorker from 1957 to 1992, is the author of eight books. Like his older brother, he is a Bostonian by birth and upbringing. A graduate of Dartmouth College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, he holds a private pilot's license and was an astronaut candidate for the defunct Journalist in Space Project. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, Jane, and their dog, Pulcinella. Barbara B. Haws has been the archivist and historian of the New York Philharmonic since 1984. Born and raised in Nebraska, Haws moved to New York City in 1977 and completed her graduate work in history at New York University. She has curated major historical exhibits on the Philharmonic and has served as executive producer of the Philharmonic's Special Editions record label. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Bill Josephson.