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Join Classical 101 For Leonard Bernstein's Birthday Party

Leonard Bernstein in the 1950s

Over the last few months, during Classical 101's Bernstein Summer, you've enjoyed our Bernstein Minutes on-air and online, along with countless performances of Leonard Bernstein's fabulous music in the run-up to the Aug. 25 centennial of his birth. 

The big day arrives Saturday, and The American Sound is marking the occasion with a special Bernstein Centennial celebration honoring the man and musician known the world over as Lenny.

Enjoy everything that made Bernstein arguably America's most important classical musician: performances of some of his best-loved works — including Candide and West Side Story — selections from path-breaking pianist Lara Downes' new recording in homage to Bernstein, For Lenny, and Bernstein conducting his own Divertimento for Orchestra and a fun piece by his friend and mentor Aaron Copland.

And make the party even better with Episode 4 of Classical 101's film music podcast, SoundReels, which explores Bernstein's music for the film adaptation of West Side Story.

Join me for a Bernstein Centennial celebration on The American Sound, 6 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Tuesday on Classical 101.

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Jennifer Hambrick unites her extensive backgrounds in the arts and media and her deep roots in Columbus to bring inspiring music to central Ohio as Classical 101’s midday host. Jennifer performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago before earning a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.