Boston kicks off a year of US tributes to Leonard Bernstein

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Boston kicks off a year of US tributes to Leonard Bernstein
Boston kicks off a year of US tributes to Leonard Bernstein

BOSTON (AP) – Leonard Bernstein (BURN’-stine) would have turned 100 next year – a remembrance that’s being celebrated in the composer-conductor’s Massachusetts birthplace.

The Boston Symphony Orchestra kicks off its new season Friday with a concert devoted entirely to America’s most famous maestro.

Boston Symphony music director Andris Nelsons says Bernstein influenced him as a child along with generations of other musicians worldwide.

Bernstein was born in 1918 in Lawrence, Massachusetts, and became the youngest music director ever to lead the New York Philharmonic. He’s best known for his musical score for “West Side Story,” the acclaimed Broadway musical which became a film in 1961.

Carnegie Hall, the New York Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra also plan tributes in October.

FILE – In this Sept. 24, 1962 file photo Leonard Bernstein leads the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in the inaugural concert in New York’s new Philharmonic Hall. Bernstein would have turned 100 next year – a remembrance that’s being celebrated in the composer-conductor’s Massachusetts birthplace. The Boston Symphony Orchestra kicks off its new season Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, with a concert devoted entirely to America’s most famous maestro. (AP Photo, File)
FILE – In this Feb. 24, 1945 file photo American-born conductor, composer, and pianist Leonard Bernstein works on a new musical score in his West side apartment in New York City. Bernstein would have turned 100 next year – a remembrance that’s being celebrated in the composer-conductor’s Massachusetts birthplace. The Boston Symphony Orchestra kicks off its new season Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, with a concert devoted entirely to America’s most famous maestro. (AP Photo, File)
FILE – In this July 26, 1971 file photo conductor Leonard Bernstein tells reporters in Washington that the work he is preparing for the 1971 opening of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is a “labor of love.” Bernstein would have turned 100 next year – a remembrance that’s being celebrated in the composer-conductor’s Massachusetts birthplace. The Boston Symphony Orchestra kicks off its new season Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, with a concert devoted entirely to America’s most famous maestro. (AP Photo/Charles Harrity, File)
FILE – In this Monday, June 5, 1972 file photo Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, center left, stands with conductor-composer Leonard Bernstein, center right, as she shields light from her eyes while looking up at the stage in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, in Washington. Bernstein would have turned 100 next year – a remembrance that’s being celebrated in the composer-conductor’s Massachusetts birthplace. The Boston Symphony Orchestra kicks off its new season Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, with a concert devoted entirely to America’s most famous maestro. (AP Photo, File)
FILE – In this Sept. 21, 1962 file photo conductor Leonard Bernstein, left, and composer Aaron Copland, right, retire to a room backstage during a break in rehearsal to iron out details in the Copland composition “Connotations for Orchestra,” in New York. Bernstein would have turned 100 next year – a remembrance that’s being celebrated in the composer-conductor’s Massachusetts birthplace. The Boston Symphony Orchestra kicks off its new season Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, with a concert devoted entirely to America’s most famous maestro. (AP Photo/Jacob Harris, File)
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