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Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein

What made conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein unique? Well, it was not just that in 1958 he became the youngest musical director of the New York Philharmonic. Nor was it just that he was the first conductor of international reputation to be trained wholly in America.

Nor did he originate - as some people think - the New York Philharmonic's Young People's Concerts. They had been going since 1924, although Lenny (as his best friends called him) was the first to have them broadcast live on television.

Well, for crying out loud, if you want to know about what really made the first American conductor of international reputation, the youngest musical director of the New York Philharmonic, and the first presenter of the televised Young People's Concerts unique, then just click here!