Tell us your memory of Leonard Bernstein.
Nina Bernstein Simmons and Maestro David Stern reminisce about their fathers.
"Leonard Bernstein was the most powerful envoy from the high arts in my lifetime, and arguably in the 20th century," says educator, author, and former broadway actor, Eric Booth.
I first encountered Maestro Bernstein as an elementary school kid growing up in Metuchen, NJ, in the 1960's.
Leonard Bernstein, for me, was the greatest risk-taker in 20th century classical music.
I remember him at one concert describing Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" and evoking so vividly the vision of someone walking down the hall at a museum and looking at the paintings.
"To me, he will always represent the passionate pursuit of expression and a love for beauty in spite of the pain and tragedy of life," says Matt W. of California in this week's edition of remembering Bernstein.
"From the very first moment he stepped on the podium, Lenny changed my life."
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