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Today is Wednesday, Aug. 25, the 238th day of 2004 with 128 to follow.
By United Press International

New opera based on 'Moby Dick' premieres

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, June 8 (UPI) -- A new opera in English based on the Herman Melville novel "Moby Dick" is getting standing ovations at the Stadsschuwburg music hall in Amsterdam.

Marsalis and Crumb lead musical honors

NEW YORK, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Jazz and classical trumpeter Wynton Marsalis was named Musician of the Year this week by the Musical America International Directory of the Performing Arts.

Noted pianist Eugene Istomin dies

WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Eugene Istomin, a pianist regarded as one of the 20th century's top interpreters of classical and Romantic music, has died. He was 77.

CDs of American Jewish music released

NEW YORK, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- A $17 million project to preserve sacred and secular works of American Jewish music for the 350th anniversary of the first Jewish immigration to this country ha

The Almanac

Today is Monday, Aug. 25, the 237th day of 2003 with 128 to follow.
By United Press International

Book Review: "All That" and happy love

When Betsy Blair became Mrs. Gene Kelly, if this story had a typical Hollywood ending, they would have danced their way to fame and fortune and a happily-ever-aftering life, but as Blair tells us in

Video of the Week: 'The Pianist'

LOS ANGELES, May 26 (UPI) -- Although "The Pianist" was the second biggest winner at the Academy Awards -- taking home Oscars for Best Director, Actor, and Adaptation -- Roman Polanski's Ho
STEVE SAILER, UPI National Correspondent

Jazz Condition -- UPI Arts & Entertainment

The jazz world is in an uproar over the firing of columnist Stanley Crouch by Jazz Times magazine.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Karen Akers takes theater songs to cabaret

NEW YORK, May 13 (UPI) -- Karen Akers, the elegant cabaret artist with a voice like a cello and crystal diction, is performing a program of theater songs at the Algonquin Hotel's Oak Room as a tribute to "Nine," the 1982 Broadway show that touched off her stellar career as an actr

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Bass player Jack Lesberg was born this day in 1920 in Boston. From 1945 to 1950, he had a double career in New York.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Film of the Week: Polanski's 'The Pianist'

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Although it's one of the frontrunners in the scramble for Oscar nominations, Roman Polanski's Holocaust drama "The Pianist" is actually a movie of surprisingly
STEVE SAILER, UPI National Correspondent

N.Y. Philharmonic's Russian oratorio

NEW YORK, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- The major musical commission by Lorin Maazel in his first season as music director of the New York Philharmonic was a 90-minute oratorio with religious overtones by the Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin. "The Enchanted Wanderer," based on a novella by 19t

Joe Bob's Drive-In: 'Barrio Wars'

York Entertainment, the quirky B movie distributor out of El Lay, is starting a new label called "York Latino," which will be exploitation movies for the Spanis
JOE BOB BRIGGS, Drive-In Movie Critic of Grapevine, Texas


DENNIS DAILY, United Press International
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Leonard Bernstein
Leonard Bernstein receives a dedicatory medal of the John F. Kennedy Center from Mrs. Rose Kennedy at a cast party following the official opening of the center on September 8, 1971 in Washington with a performance of Bernstein?s ?Mass.? (UPI Photo/Files)

Leonard Bernstein ( /ˈbɜrnstaɪn/ US dict: bûrn′·stīn; August 25, 1918 – October 14, 1990) was an American conductor, composer, author, music lecturer and pianist. He was among the first conductors born and educated in the United States of America to receive worldwide acclaim. According to The New York Times, he was "one of the most prodigiously talented and successful musicians in American history."

His fame derived from his long tenure as the music director of the New York Philharmonic, from his conducting of concerts with most of the world's leading orchestras, and from his music for West Side Story, as well as Candide, Wonderful Town, On the Town and his own Mass.

Bernstein was also the first conductor to give numerous television lectures on classical music, starting in 1954, continuing until his death. In addition, he was a skilled pianist, often conducting while performing piano concertos simultaneously.

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