Leonard Bernstein - "I am enjoying Vienna enormously - as much as a Jew can"

Lifestyle & Travel ♦ Published: December 14, 2018; 10:44 ♦ (Vindobona)

An exhibition in the Jewish Museum Vienna to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of the star conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein focuses on the New Yorker’s relationship with the music city of Vienna, looks at the great artist’s Jewish roots, and also pays homage to his political activities.

Bernstein, Leonard (1985) / Picture: © Wikimedia Commons / Sjakkelien Vollebregt / Anefo [CC0]

Leonard Bernstein, who was introduced to music in the synagogue of his childhood in Boston, studied at Harvard, and was based in New York, had a lifelong relationship with Vienna.

From 1966 until his death in 1990 he returned on several occasions to work above all with the Vienna Philharmonic (Wiener Philharmoniker).

In 1966 he made his debut at the Vienna…