Leonard Bernstein and American Music
with Robert Butts

Five Tuesdays:  June 27, July 11, 18, 25, August 1;
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

As a conductor/composer/educator myself, I appreciate even more the impact Leonard Bernstein had on the music world and his importance to American music.   When Bernstein began, American composers and conductors were not even considered as part of the musical world.    Bernstein's brilliance and personality, however, broke the barriers and today American composers, musicians, and conductors are among the most successful.   Bernstein did what few in the music world were able to do: he was a conductor, a composer, an educator, and a pianist.   He created lasting works in both the classical and popular music fields.   His insights and personal touch enabled him to reach millions of people through broadcasts on television and lectures.  He was one of the first conductors to talk to the audience about the music.  In addition to the concert world, Bernstein created masterpieces of musical theater.  His single film score, On the Waterfront, remains one of the greatest of all film compositions.  His championing of American composers introduced not only his own music, but that of his colleagues such as Aaron Copland and George Gershwin to the world.

Dr. Robert W. Butts is a widely noted conductor, composer and teacher and a frequent presenter in the Drew Minicourse program.

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