LARA DOWNES celebrates the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein with FOR LENNY, a piano tribute to an American musical icon.
Lenny, the man behind the music, behind the legend. Full of heart, boundless curiosity, and belief in the power of music to change our world.
This album reaches far and wide across the landscape of American music, into territories that Bernstein charted, across borders that he knocked down, uniting the past, present and future in a way that is unique to the artistry of Lara Downes, an iconoclastic, thoroughly 21st Century musician who herself represents Bernstein’s American vision.
“Downes reminds us just who we are, a nation of diverse voices and experiences.... On display here — with all its regret, hope and pride — is America.”
— NPR Music
Lara plays Bernstein’s Anniversaries for Piano, musical portraits he composed for his family and friends, along with new arrangements of some of his most intimate and revealing songs: Story of My Life, Some Other Time…New tributes to Lenny, written for Lara and premiered on this recording, come from American composers who are profoundly connected to Bernstein’s life and work - Stephen Sondheim, Ned Rorem, John Corigliano, Stephen Schwartz, and others.
A musical portrait, a heartfelt tribute: for Lenny, with love…
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THE "FOR LENNY" STORY PROJECT
SHARE YOUR MEMORIES! Lara is touring For Lenny across America, bringing Bernstein's music and mission to a new generation of young people. Did you watch Bernstein's Young People's Concerts as a child? How did that experience touch your life? Share your memories here to join a national story project that brings generations together in the love of music, through LB's legacy as a communicator and an educator who believed that music belongs to all of us, in the concert hall and far beyond its walls.