About the album
Music can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable. -Leonard Bernstein
Few have contributed more to the musical culture in America than Leonard Bernstein. Equally gifted as a conductor, composer, concert pianist, and teacher, Bernstein excelled at finding a way to connect with many different audiences, and in the nearly thirty years since his death in 1990, both his music and his status as an American icon continue to flourish. He composed in an incredibly diverse array of genres during his prolific career, blurring the lines between classical and popular styles with works not only for the serious concert stage, ballet, and opera, but also for film and Broadway, with his West Side Story becoming some of the most recognizable music in the musical theater repertoire. As a conductor, Bernstein established himself among the first American-born maestros to achieve international fame. His nearly fifty-year career on the podiums of the finest orchestras across the globe inspired generations of young American musicians who have followed in his footsteps. This year would have marked Bernstein’s 100th birthday, and this unique collection of music celebrates his legacy as one of the most talented and influential musicians in our history.
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1. Leonard Bernstein (orch. Sid Ramin): Fanfare for the Inauguration of John F. Kennedy
2. John Williams (trans. Paul Lavender): To Lenny! To Lenny! (For New York)
3-10. Leonard Bernstein (trans. MGySgt. Donald Patterson*): Divertimento
3. Sennets and Tuckets
7. Turkey Trot
10. In Memoriam; March: "The BSO Forever"
11-14. Benjamin Britten (trans. MGySgt. Donald Patterson*): Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, Opus 33A
12. Sunday Morning
15. Leonard Bernstein: Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs
GySgt. Patrick Morgan, clarinet soloist
16. Miklos Rozsa (trans. MGySgt Donald Patterson*): Theme, Variations, and Finale, Opus 13A
17-20. Leonard Bernstein (trans. Capt. Ryan Nowlin*): Scenes from A White House Cantata
18. "Take Care of This House"
19. The President Jefferson Sunday Luncheon March
20. "To Make Us Proud"
GySgt. Sara Sheffield, mezzo-soprano
MGySgt. Kevin Bennear, baritone
*Member, U.S. Marine Band