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Leonard Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence


James M. Keller, the New York Philharmonic's Program Annotator, has been appointed the Leonard Bernstein Scholar-in- Residence at the New York Philharmonic for the 2008-09 season. From this new position he hosts the Insights Series lectures; gives a number of Pre- Concert Talks; conducts in-depth research into the rich holdings of the Philharmonic's Archives; and provides scholarly support to a variety of Philharmonic endeavors. He will continue to serve as Program Annotator.

"James M. Keller has been a valuable member of the Philharmonic family since 1995, so we are all delighted that he is increasing his presence with this appointment," says Theodore Wiprud, the Philharmonic's Education Director. "His lively, informative program notes only begin to hint at what he can share as a public scholar. We look forward to the depth and wit of his presentations through his Insights Series events and Pre-Concert Talks, and the results of his investigations of our Archives. His participation in the 2008-09 season will lead to wonderful lifelong learning offerings at the Philharmonic."

The Leonard Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence program at the New York Philharmonic honors and recognizes the enduring contribution of Bernstein, the Orchestra's Music Director from 1958 to 1969 and subsequent Laureate Conductor. The position was created in the 2005- 06 season to coincide with the 15th anniversary of Bernstein's death on October 14, 1990. Charles Zachary Bornstein served as the first Leonard Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence from 2005-06 through 2007-08. In the 2008-09 season Mr. Bornstein continues to give Pre-Concert Talks as well as an Insights Series lecture.


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