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Leonard Bernstein has a secure place in history as a marvelously successful conductor and composer. In a career that was filled with other honors and achievements, Bernstein's Young People's Concerts stand out as one of his most notable achievements. Loving music as he did, he wanted to share its beauty with the younger generation. And so Bernstein conceived of the Young People's Concerts, and with the New York Philharmonic symphony orchestra to work with, he created a program that captivated audiences and won awards, from its first broadcast in 1958 to its last in 1972. The series – with each episode created and written by Bernstein himself – came to a total of 53 episodes. It was truly a labor of love, and we can see that very clearly in the boundless energy and enthusiasm that Bernstein shows in each and every program. 

The Young People's Concerts are an inventive mix of commentary and musical performances, designed to teach about music while also fostering enthusiasm and love for music as well. In each one, Bernstein addresses a particular topic, from "What is American Music?" to ""What is a Melody?", using various pieces of music to illustrate his explanations. Sometimes, this example is just a phrase or two, perhaps played by Bernstein himself on the piano; other times, we hear the entire piece in full.


"The Royal Conservatory Thank A Teacher Award, this year sponsored proudly by the SOCAN Foundation, pays tribute to the great Canadian music teachers who foster a love of music, recognize the importance of creativity, and instill the qualities of persistence and goal achievement across the nation." Read more...

Thank you, Tina 


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