The Leonard Bernstein Collection, ca. 1920-1989

Features:

Browse Collection by:

View more collections from the Music Division

Collection Connection
Classroom resources for teachers

Leonard Bernstein Timeline 1918-1990

1952-1960

1952   

First performance of Trouble in Tahiti, opera in one act; birth of daughter Jamie; artistic director, Festival of Creative Arts, Brandeis University.

1953   

First performance of the musical Wonderful Town; conducted Cherubini's opera Medea at La Scala with Maria Callas.

1954   

Scored the film On the Waterfront; first performance, in Venice, of Serenade for Violin Solo, Strings and Percussion, modeled on Plato's Symposium; first television appearance on Omnibus.

1955   

Conducted Symphony of the Air season in New York; birth of son Alexander; first performance of Jean Anouilh's play The Lark, as adapted by Lillian Hellman, with incidental music.

1956   

Guest conductor, New York Philharmonic Orchestra; premiere of the comic operetta Candide.

1957   

Joint principal conductor, New York Philharmonic, 1957-58; premiere of the musical West Side Story; conducted inaugural concert of Mann Auditorium, Tel Aviv.

1958   

Music director, New York Philharmonic, 1958-69; shared tour of Latin America with Dimitri Mitropoulos; conducted first of fourteen seasons of "Young People's Concerts."

1959   

Toured Europe and Soviet Union with New York Philharmonic; first book, The Joy of Music, published.

1960   

Mounted Mahler centenary season with New York Philharmonic.

 Top