Bernstein: The Gift of Music
This 90-minute special tribute was produced to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein's birth on 25 August 1993. Narrated by legendary screen star Lauren Bacall, it also relies extensively on Bernstein's own words to provide the counterpoint to the abundant visual material. The special draws on the nearly 120 hours of programming with Leonard Bernstein, as well as on material from the extensive Bernstein archives and earlier television ventures. It also contains never-before-seen footage, such as outtakes from televised concerts and interviews. Among these special treats: the dashing 28-year-old maestro representing the U.S. at the 1947 Prague Spring Festival – possibly the earliest extant film of Leonard Bernstein.
- Leonard Bernstein