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The Complex Life Of Leonard Bernstein, A Once-In-A-Century Talent

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Leonard Bernstein conducting at London's Royal Festival Hall in 1963. Source: Evening Standard

Aug. 25, 2018 marks the centennial of Leonard Bernstein's birth. He was a singular American talent and one of the great orchestra conductors of his generation. He was also a composer of symphonies, ballets and hit musicals, a teacher, a television personality and a complicated man with a complicated personal life.

If there was one moment when Leonard Bernstein became Leonard Bernstein, at least to the general public, it was at a concert by the New York Philharmonic on in Manhattan. The conductor, Bruno Walter, called

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