Prelude, Fugue & Riffs

To Our Readers


by Jamie Bernstein

We barely have time to write in this space to enumerate all the worldwide events and convey all the excitement surrounding the celebration of Bernstein’s 90th birthday. There could barely have been more hoopla had he been here personally. (But there would have been more hugs.)

New York City has been at the front of the birthday parade. In an unprecedented move, Carnegie Hall and the New York Philharmonic have collaborated on a citywide festival, Leonard Bernstein: the Best of All Possible Worlds, featuring countless concerts and events covering every nook and cranny of Bernstein’s career. He seemed to be everywhere this fall: on the radio, on posters, on television, in magazines. Only the Presidential campaign seemed to be getting more attention.

As if all this were not enough, we also have the Broadway revival of West Side Story to look forward to in the early spring.

Needless to say, it has been profoundly gratifying to see so much attention and praise lavished upon our excellent musical hero. We are fairly certain he wouldn’t have minded either.


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