Always on the forefront of American culture, whether it was composing for Broadway or the symphonic orchestra, hiring the first women musicians, defending the rights of African Americans, promoting public education, or championing new composers and works, Bernstein was a powerful force who ignited social, political, and cultural change. Through the text of Burton Bernstein, Leonard's younger brother, as well as contributions from other prominent writers, historians, and journalists, Bernstein's remarkable career (spanning almost six decades) and his widespread impact in many areas will be examined and celebrated.This beautifully designed and highly illustrated book will showcase some 100-150 photographs, excerpts from Bernstein's writings, reviews, posters, and other ephemera. The book will be published in August 2008, marking the 90th birthday of Bernstein, and the 50th anniversary of Bernstein's first season as Music Director of the Philharmonic. The Philharmonic will be promoting and planning events worldwide for the 50th anniversary - a Bernstein Year (2008-2009).
Additional essays from leading journalists, historians, and musicians - including Pulitzer Prize winners John Adams and Tim Page, Joseph Horowitz, and Ira Glazer - discuss Bernstein's impact on his times as well as the political and social climate in America that shaped Bernstein's activism (women's rights, civil rights, politics, etc.).