Jamie Bernstein Recalls Life with ‘Lenny’ in ‘Famous Father Girl’


Over the past year, the musical world has been commemorating the 100th birthday of the towering American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein. (His actual centenary is Aug. 25.)

On Saturday, the Ravinia Festival will honor Bernstein with a performance of his monumental work entitled “Mass.” And on Friday, a much more intimate affair will take place at Bennett Gordon Hall with an evening of songs and stories called “Late Night with Leonard Bernstein,” as narrated by the conductor’s oldest daughter, Jamie.

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Jamie Bernstein has also just released her autobiography, “Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein.” You can read an excerpt from the book here.

Video: Soprano Amy Burton, with John Musto at the piano, sings “A Little Bit in Love” from Leonard Bernstein’s musical “Wonderful Town.”


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