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Lara Downes celebrates Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday with 91.3WGTE - Toledo

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Pianist Lara Downes' new album For Lenny celebrates the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein with a special friends-and-family tribute to the man behind the music. The recording features Bernstein's aptly-named Anniversaries for Piano, new arrangements of his songs, and world premieres of works dedicated to Bernstein by leading American composers including Stephen Sondheim, John Corigliano, and Stephen Schwartz. The album is introduced by an essay from acclaimed writer Adam Gopnik.

This 28-track recording features world premieres, new arrangements, and inspired collaborations between Lara and artists such as Rhiannon Giddens, Thomas Hampson, and Kevin Olusola. Downes talks with 91.3: WGTE: Toledo Classical Host - Brad Cresswell about her intimate Bernstein tribute. LISTEN