In this episode, Ilya Kaler is the soloist and David Stern the conductor in an epic performance of Bernstein’s Serenade after Plato’s Symposium, a five-movement Violin Concerto with the Heifetz Chamber Orchestra, part of an-all Bernstein program marking the composer’s August 25th birthday and the upcoming Netflix biopic Maestro.
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There’s a fascinating backstory behind the creation of Bernstein’s Serenade, including its ties to a James M. Cain potboiler by the same title, an abandoned musical that morphed into West Side Story, and Bernstein’s friendship with the dedicatee, violinist Isaac Stern (pictured here at the 1955 recording session with the New York Philharmonic). Read – and hear – all about it on our real-time-program-notes video here.
Coming to a Bijou near you…”Maestro is a towering and fearless love story chronicling the lifelong relationship between cultural icon Leonard Bernstein and Felicia Montealegre Cohn Bernstein. A love letter to life and art, Maestro, at its core, is an emotionally epic portrayal of family and love.” See the trailer