John Mauceri, conductor
Leonard Bernstein – composer, conductor, educator – wanted to embrace everything: life in all its richness, music in all its diversity. And from the street gangs of West Side Story to the middle-class suburbia of Trouble in Tahiti, it all came together most remarkably in his works for the stage, where the passion of opera meets the directness of music theatre.
Bernstein didn’t do anything half-heartedly, and neither are we. Leading this centenary celebration is John Mauceri, the master’s apprentice. Mauceri worked closely with Bernstein for 18 years, conducting many of the works on this program. As Founding Director of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Mauceri is a significant musical figure in his own right and the perfect host for Lenny’s 100th birthday party.