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Ten-Thousand Intimate Friends: Leonard Bernstein’s Life in Letters

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Tomorrow, Tuesday, October 29, the Music Division will sponsor a lecture by musicologist Nigel Simeone based on his new book, The Leonard Bernstein Letters. Simeone’s book includes 650 letters spanning Bernstein’s adolescence to the end of his life that provide a rare glimpse into the more private side of the great conductor and composer. Tomorrow’s presentation will take place at 12:00 noon in the Jefferson Building’s Whittall Pavilion, where a selection of Bernstein’s correspondence will also be on display. To learn more before tomorrow’s event, listen to NPR’s feature on Simeone’s book.


The Music Division is home to the Leonard Bernstein Collection, an archival collection that documents the life and career of Bernstein through correspondence, music manuscripts, sketches, photographs, writings, business papers, and a host of other material. To further explore the contents of the collection, check out the collection’s finding aid.

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