It was composer Igor Stravinsky who complimented Leonard Bernstein by referring to him once as, "a department store of music." Conductor, composer of both concert music and musicals, pianist, educator, lecturer, writer, broadcaster, cultural ambassador - Bernstein had one of the most wide-ranging musical careers of all.
2018 marks the centennial of the birth of Bernstein, to be celebrated in concerts, articles, lectures, seminars, discussions and courses around the world. In these unstable and worrisome times, maybe one of Bernstein's statements best exposes his philosophy of music- "This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before!"
Through recordings and film clips, featuring Bernstein in concert and rehearsal, as well as in discussion and lecture, this series will delve into the talents, skills and genius of one of the most prominent musicians of the 20th century.
About the Instructor:
Rick Phillips was affiliated with CBC Radio for 30 years, working in Montreal, Edmonton, Calgary, and Toronto in a career that spanned production to management to on-air. For 14 years, he was the Host and Producer of SOUND ADVICE, the weekly guide to classical music and recordings heard across Canada on CBC Radio One and CBC Radio Two every weekend. As well as broadcasting and webcasting, Rick is a busy freelance writer and reviewer, speaker, panel moderator, consultant, musical tour guide, and concert host. He's often a juror in the classical music categories for the Juno Awards, and is the author of "The Essential Classical Recordings--101 CDs," published by McClelland & Stewart. Rick delivers music history and appreciation courses at a range of institutions and organizations across the city. He holds a B. Mus. from McGill University and an M. Mus. from the University of Toronto.