I wonder how many people besides moi owe their love of classical music to Leonard Bernstein and his Sunday afternoon young people’s concerts? I will always remember his narration of Peter and the Wolf, explaining the musical instruments. Two years from August 25, Bernstein will be 100. I suspect we are going to be inundated with his music – which is fine with me. Over the years, I’ve been very fortunate to see some of the greatest conductors of the latter part of the 20th Century. I saw Bernstein conduct the Candide at a Richard Tucker Gala. Don’t worry, Sherrill Milnes was there. After the gala, I was in line to go upstairs at Carnegie Hall, primarily to stalk Milnes. Bernstein walked up the stairs past me. I was talking to this guy, who was gay and cute. Always on the prowl for a cute young thing, Bernstein stopped to talk, primarily to the guy, but he included me in the conversation! The man was as important to my childhood as any movie star!
After all, I am a Baritone Junkie! But – I swear I owe my love of classical music to Bernstein.
This is my very favorite version. I keep telling people I have a serious baritone problem. I think it started with Robert Goulet.