SEE-August26th: Google celebrated the 100th birth anniversary of the ‘West Side Story’ conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein yesterday with Saturday’s Google Doodle.
Leonard Bernstein was born to Russian-Jewish immigrant parents in Lawrence, Massachusetts, on Aug. 25, 1918. He died in 1990 at age 72 in New York City.
He was first introduced to music at age 10 when his family received an upright piano. The passionate legendary musician was considered as the youngest conductor to lead the New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra.
Bernstein once wrote, ” I want to conduct. I want to play the piano. I want to write for Hollywood. I want to write symphonic music. I want to keep on trying to be, in the full sense of that wonderful word, a musician. I also want to teach. I want to write books and poetry. And I think I can still do justice to them all.”
He was not only a composer, he was also a skilled lecturer who published many books about music.
He was “The rock star of the classical music world,”Mitch Gershenfeld, president and CEO of the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert said.
“I can’t think of a single musician in history that has had the impact on so many different elements of music as Leonard Bernstein,” he added.