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Fanfare for the Inauguration of John F. Kennedy (1961)

Selected to conduct the seventy-piece band, Bernstein began the gala with his newly composed Fanfare. Despite a terrible blizzard and a delayed start, the star-studded line-up, including Ethel Merman, Nat "King" Cole, Sir Laurence Olivier, Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, Ella Fitzgerald and many others, managed to entertain to the delight of the President and First Lady-elect.

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Thus Spake Leonard Bernstein:

"I think that teaching is perhaps the essence of my function as a conductor. I share whatever I know and whatever I feel about the music. I try to make the orchestra feel it, know it, and understand it, too, so that we are all playing together. I never think that they are there and I am here. Never. The whole joy of conducting for me is that we breathe together. It's like a love experience."

Leonard Bernstein, 1967
Interview with John Gruen

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