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Leonard Bernstein: Reaching for the Note

Directed by Susan Lacy

USA | 117 minutes | 1998

Leonard Bernstein was one of the best known and most compelling figures to emerge in classical music in the 20th century, bringing symphonic music to a whole new audience, and this documentary follows his life and career from his first concert as a conductor in 1943 to his final one at Tanglewood. Reaching for the Note features a wealth of never-before-seen material, including rare footage of his concerts, home movies, selections from the Broadway shows he helped compose, and interviews with his friends, relatives, and colleagues, such as Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Robbins, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Seiji Ozawa.
Director Susan Lacy
Countries of Production USA
Year of Presentation 1998
Premiere Status
Runtime 117 minutes
Principal Cast Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Robbins, Michael Tilson Thomas, Seiji Ozawa

Nominated for the Emmy Award for Best Documentary

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