Jamie Bernstein was supposed to be fast asleep but sometimes eavesdropped on the adults.
We could hear the grown-ups carrying on downstairs, she said. We could hear such racket. ... They were roaring around the piano. We thought that was all grown-ups did when we were young. We couldnt wait to be grown-ups ... there was so much fun going on.
Jamie Bernstein, the daughter of famed American composer Leonard Bernstein, will be narrating an evening of anecdotes, audio and video clips and music about her late father with the Macon Concert Associations presentation of Late Night with Leonard Bernstein.
The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Wesleyan Colleges Porter Auditorium, and Jamie Bernstein is accompanied by soprano Amy Burton and pianists John Musto and Michael Boriskin.
Its not all my dads music, Jamie Bernstein said. Its also music he loved and liked to play at parties, so you get a sense of him from that point of view as well.
Leonard Bernstein has been described as one of the most talented and successful musicians in American history and is best known for the music in West Side Story and his tenure as director of the New York Philharmonic.
I think whats so appealing is (the event) is so unique and Leonard Bernstein was just bigger than life and to have his daughter come and tell stories about him and his music and re-creating what life was like with him is a unique opportunity for Macon and I think it will appeal to people here, said Rosemary Spiegel, who is a board member with the Macon Concert Association.
The idea for Late Night with Leonard Bernstein came from George Steel, director of the New York City Opera, who as a child struck up a friendship with Leonard Bernstein.
(Steel) and his best friend marched right up to my dad and gave him a present and said they were making him a member of their choir, Jamie Bernstein said. My dad was so charmed by these wacky kids he became friends with Georgie and his family.
(Steel) got together with some other friends of ours ... and we all together decided to cook up this evening that would convey what my dad was like through his late nights, she continued. He was such an insomniac and he was always up all night working.
The production debuted in 2011 at New York Citys Copland House, which was the former home of Leonard Bernsteins close friend and mentor Aaron Copland. Since that time, it has only been performed a couple of times, Jamie Bernstein said.
We havent done it in a year or two, she said. It sort of gives you the sense of the kind of person he was. ... He did not love getting up in the morning.
This performance will be a bit different from the earlier ones, as Steel will not be present to co-narrate, Bernstein said.
The Macon Concert Association was able to secure the show through a connection made with last years performance by violinist Tim Fain, Spiegel said.
We were lucky to get them to come here, she said. (Jamie Bernstein) is bringing three very, very outstanding musicians with her. It makes it even more exciting.
The association typically focuses on performances meant for a smaller setting and Late Night with Leonard Bernstein is meant to give the audience an intimate look at Leonard Bernstein.
I have a feeling they didnt know he couldnt sleep at night and all of his most creative moments came in the middle of the night, in the wee hours, Jamie Bernstein said. They may not know he had these two sides to him. One was very convivial that loved to be around people and the other was the composer side that had to work late at night in complete solitude.
Late Night with Leonard Bernstein
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Porter Auditorium, Wesleyan College, 4760 Forsyth Road
Cost: $25 adults, $15 students
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