last friday evening (31st august), 9.15-10.15pm, on bbc radio 3
bernstein 100: dinner with lenny (a staged reading, starring michael brandon as leonard bernstein, and tony turner as jonathan cott) (in the proms plus series)
“In November 1989, just a year before his death, Bernstein invited writer Jonathan Cott to his country home in Connecticut for what turned out to be his last major interview. In this extract from their extraordinary conversation, Bernstein talks with wit and passion on subjects musical, pedagogical and personal.”
this sunday evening (26th august), 6.45-7.30pm, on bbc radio 3
the bernstein files (presented by jonathan coffey) (in the sunday feature series)
“Jonathan reveals how the FBI, its Director J Edgar Hoover, and the Nixon White House tracked, hounded, and even tried to damage America’s most celebrated composer conductor.
tomorrow night (sunday 26th), 12.00-1.00am, on bbc radio 3
bernstein 100 (presented by geoffrey smith) (in the geoffrey smith’s jazz series)
“On the centenary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, Geoffrey Smith salutes his contributions to the jazz repertoire, with performances from such Bernstein classics as West Side Story by the likes of Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Tony Bennett, and Sarah Vaughan.”
tomorrow afternoon (saturday 25th), 3.00pm-4.00pm, on bbc radio 3
bernstein 100 (presented by matthew sweet) (in the sound of cinema series) includes …
“As part of the Bernstein centenary celebrations, Matthew Sweet looks at music for the films of Elia Kazan including Bernstein’s score for On The Waterfront.”
tomorrow afternoon (saturday 25th), 1.00-3.00pm, on bbc radio 3
bernstein 100 (presented by kent nagano) (in the inside music series)
“In today’s special edition, conductor Kent Nagano reveals a colourful selection of music – from the inside.
As a former student of Leonard Bernstein, Kent remembers an emphasis on a broad education that included visiting art galleries and reading great works of literature, alongside studying musical scores with the maestro.
His choice of music includes two dramatic works that for Kent, prove that Bernstein was not only a larger than life figure, but an outstanding American composer.”
tomorrow afternoon (saturday 25th), 12.15-1.00pm (repeated 10.00pm monday), on bbc radio 3
bernstein 100 (presented by tom service) (in the music matters series)
“Tom Service travels to New York City to discover Bernstein’s musical and social legacy, visiting key places where Bernstein lived and worked, and uncovering the modern-day musicians, institutions and ensembles who are working towards goals he championed as a musician, communicator and humanitarian.
Including interviews with • his daughter Jamie Bernstein, New York Philharmonic CEO • Deborah Borda, and conductors • Michael Tilson Thomas and • Joshua Weilerstein.”
this afternoon (tuesday 21st), 1.32-1.59pm (repeated 10.06pm), on bbc world service radio
leonard bernstein and me (presented by jon tolansky) (in the the documentary series)
“On the centenary of his birth, musician and broadcaster Jon Tolansky meets the people who continue to be inspired by Leonard Bernstein’s all-embracing approach to music and life and who are now breaking down boundaries themselves.
He hears personal recollections from • his son Alexander Bernstein as well as former pupils and world class musicians • Marin Alsop, • Thomas Hampson, • Midori, • Jason Robert Brown and • David Charles Abell.
Jon also speaks to fans for whom Leonard Bernstein has had a life-changing effect, despite only knowing him through his music, including • Elizabeth TeSelle, • Kathy Anderson and • Ivan Rodrigues, none of whom knew him personally, but for whom he has had a life-changing effect.