Leonard Bernstein’s role as a larger-than–life figure is well-documented, especially in this year of celebration for the one hundred-year anniversary of his birth. Questions remain as to what one can learn from his music, political activism, legacy, and writing.  What are the key points that should be carried into the future? What essential and profound truths can be learned from a study of his philosophical writings? And what about the music—will it continue to have a relevant message? Indeed, what exactly is it that Bernstein did that contemporary musicians need to know about? This interview at Indiana University on May 12, 2017 with Bernstein’s oldest son, Alexander, shows how his father’s seminal ideas remain worthy of study and emulation and are indeed vital today (Cook Glen Overview).

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Alexander Bernstein

Alexander Bernstein, Leonard Bernstein's second child, is president of Artful Learning, Inc., and founding chairman of The Leonard Bernstein Center for Learning. He has studied acting, performed professionally, and worked as a production associate at ABC News. Bernstein holds a Master's degree from New York University and a Bachelor's degree from Harvard University. https://leonardbernstein.com/resources/press-room/bernstein-family

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