Fancy Free (1944)
Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins first collaborated in the mid-1940s on the instantly popular ballet Fancy Free, commissioned by American Ballet Theatre. First performed on April 18, 1944, this work, a piece about three sailors on shore-leave in New York City, served as inspiration for their next endeavor, the smash hit Broadway musical On The Town, which was a critical success and launched a long-lasting creative partnership between Bernstein and Robbins.
So many of you who experienced Leonard Bernstein up close have a story to tell. The Memory Project hopes to collect them and build a unique digital memorial to the Maestro. You can submit anything from a brief audio account, to a photo of a memento, to a written description of a personal experience. We know there are thousands of you out there with such stories!
Please share your stories with us, and explore others' memories.
Thus Spake Leonard Bernstein:
“And what have teachers got to do with music? The answer is: everything.
We can all think of a self-taught painter or writer, but it is almost impossible to imagine a professional musician who doesn't owe something to one teacher or another. The trouble is that we don't always realize how important teachers are, in music or in anything else. Teaching is probably the noblest profession in the world — the most unselfish, difficult, and honorable profession. It is also the most unappreciated, underrated, underpaid, and underpraised profession in the world.”
-Leonard Bernstein, 1983
“A Tribute to Teachers”
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