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Join The Classical Network as we celebrate the legacy of Leonard Bernstein for the 100th Centennial of his Birth (August 25). Our live hosts will highlight recordings of Bernstein as composer, conductor, pianist and educator the week of Aug. 20, 2018, including all-day tributes Friday Aug. 24 and Saturday Aug. 25. Many of our specialty programs will also put the focus on Bernstein, as listed below.In addition, enjoy a special week of Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin weeknights at 7 pm. McGlaughlin is spending the week at the 6th annual Tucson Desert Song Festival for their celebration of Leonard Bernstein at 100. George Hanson, artistic director of the festival, welcomed Exploring Music to a week of lectures, workshops, master classes, along with performances of Candide, Trouble in Tahiti, Mass and the Kaddish Symphony, featuring a narration written and performed by the Maestro's daughter, Jamie Bernstein. The New York Philharmonic This Week is also featuring all-Bernstein programs on its weekly radio broadcasts, which you can hear Wednesdays at 8 pm.Pipedreams with Michael Barone pays tribute to Bernstein with Chichester Psalms and organ arrangements of the overture to Candide several other works Sunday at 7 am.

Bernstein Centenary: Lenny at the Keyboard, August 21st

Two years ago The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler devoted an episode of his ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys to Leonard Bernstein's piano artistry. Originally aired on May 2016, Episode 60 "Lenny at the Keyboard" will rerun on Tuesday August 21st, to celebrate what would have been the legendary musician's 100th birthday.

"Bernstein's great gifts as a composer, conductor and teacher were legion, yet I feel that his piano playing tends to be underrated, especially from the 1940s through the end of the 1960s," says Distler. "He had such natural facility, such a great sense of rhythm, and a palpable communicative presence at the keyboard. This program attempts to show many sides of Bernstein's dynamic pianism."

The selections include Bernstein's very first commercial recording (music of David Diamond), an excerpt from the 1949 broadcast premier of Bernstein's "Age of Anxiety" with the composer at the piano, concerto excerpts by Beethoven, Mozart, Ravel and Shostakovich, solo works by Copland and Bernstein, chamber music by Schumann, Mahler songs with baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, plus Bernstein and Michael Tilson-Thomas playing Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring at white heat.

Listen to Between the Keys this Tuesday night August 21st  at 10, on The Classical Network