Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin were two 20th century giants, each of whom straddled the classical and popular idioms. Bernstein had a very thorough training in classical music, but had a lifelong love of jazz and Broadway. Gershwin came from the other side, plugging popular tunes for a publishing house and working for Jerome Kern, but he also composed an opera, piano concerto, and the immortal Rhapsody in Blue.
This lecture explores the similarities and differences between the two men and their contributions to American music. And what could be better than spending an hour or two learning about – and listening to – the music of these two geniuses?