His first public performance was Brahms's “Rhapsody in G Minor,” and debuted solo in collaboration with the Boston Public School Orchestra. His passion to learn music continued as he joined Harvard and worked as an accompanist at the “Harvard Glee Club”.
He became the assistant conductor at the New York Philharmonic and his baptism of fire came unexpected when Bruno Walter, the guest conductor, suddenly fell ill. He took over despite the challenging performances which was nationally broadcasted, it was an instant success story!
His massive contribution to the American arts and culture was not left unnoticed as Bernstein was awarded the “Kennedy Center Honors”. He also produced and conducted several TV documentaries, delivered televised essays and the first conductor to introduce music to the mass TV audience.
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