Leonard Bernstein: Celebrating 100 Years

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When most people think of Leonard Bernstein, they think of West Side Story.  Bernstein was a composer, but in addition to composing for Broadway, he also wrote symphonies, ballet scores, film soundtracks, chamber pieces, choral music and religious works.  He was a conductor and the music director of the New York Philharmonic, the first American to ever lead a major American orchestra.  He was a concert pianist, lecturer and educator.  Personally, Bernstein was charismatic, articulate and a natural communicator.  Most significant, however, is how he combined all these talents to become an advocate for great music and in so doing, raise the profile of American music on the world stage.  American music and American musicians owe him a great debt.  Bernstein's recent 100th birthday gives us the ideal opportunity to revisit and celebrate his accomplishments.  

For over 30 years Kenneth Korn has been a music teacher in the Paramus, NJ public schools.  He has a diverse, broad knowledge of music and music education, because during his long career he had opportunity to teach all areas of the music curriculum.   He directed band, orchestra and vocal music to children from Kindergarten through high school. He is a graduate of the Crane School of Music and has a Master's degree in music education.

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