""He really blurred lines, and for him, music was music. And that's why he could incorporate jazz and popular music into music that he wrote either for the Broadway stage or for the concert hall. So every composer since has had this reason, this permission, to write music in the vernacular of our country. That was new. Nobody had done that before. So I think that is worth celebrating, plus he was just such a great musician. It's an important anniversary." - Michael Stern on Leonard Bernstein's legacy
KC Symphony Honors Leonard Bernstein
Conductor Michael Stern talks about the 2015/16 season at the Kansas City Symphony, the influence of Leonard Bernstein, and how he fell in love with conducting.
Hitting the High Note