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Literatour: Author Jamie Bernstein Discusses "Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein"


February 7th, 2019.


7:00 PM to 8:30 PM




Springfield Jewish Community Center





This event features a festive reception and a special performance by Maestro Kevin Rhodes, music director of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, who will play a selection of Bernstein music on the piano.

The oldest daughter of revered composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein offers a rare look at her father on the centennial of his birth in a deeply intimate and broadly evocative memoir. In Famous Father Girl, Bernstein mines the emotional depths of her childhood and invites us into her family's private world. A fantastic set of characters populates the Bernsteins' lives, including: the Kennedys, Mike Nichols, John Lennon, Richard Avedon, Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Robbins, and Betty (Lauren) Bacall. The book is an intoxicating tale and an intimate meditation on a complex and sometimes troubled man, the family he raised, and the music he composed that became the soundtrack to their entwined lives. Deeply moving and often hilarious, Bernstein's memoir is a great American story about one of the greatest Americans of the modern age.

This event is co-sponsored by the Springfield Symphony and Glenmeadow Retirement.

Admission: Free for JCC members, $5 general public
To register, email arts@springfieldjcc.org or call 413-739-4715