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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 413-739-4715