National Philharmonic: The Debut

Sat Feb 23, 2019, 8pm
Presented by: National Philharmonic
Venue: Strathmore
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The 4,025th concert in the history of Carnegie Hall, which took place on Sunday afternoon, November 14, 1943, was an unforgettable breakthrough in American musical life. Leonard Bernstein, a young and inexperienced assistant to the mighty Bruno Walter, took to the stage on very short notice to replace the suddenly ill maestro and to conduct the New York Philharmonic in a demanding program that included three warhorses of Western music and a contemporary orchestral piece. Bernstein recalled his debut in one of his last interviews: “I never thought I would have to walk out there [the Carnegie Hall stage] on my own. When it came to the time – that very day – all I can remember is standing there in the wings shaking and being so scared. There was no rehearsal… I strode out and I don't remember a thing from that moment, until the sound of people standing and cheering and clapping.” The works that he conducted mark important moments in the development of Western music. Featuring Zuill Bailey, cello.

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