Bernstein's Brilliant Broadcast

Nov 16, 2018

75 years ago on November 14, 1943, Leonard Bernstein stepped in at the last minute to conduct the New York Philharmonic for Bruno Walter in Carnegie Hall. Bernstein was just 25-years-old when he successfully led the orchestra through its program.

The concert was broadcasted nationwide, and Bernstein became famous overnight, and thus began the 25-year-old’s journey of becoming one of the greatest musicians of the 20th century.

On Saturday and Sunday, November 17 and 18, The Des Moines Symphony and Maestro Giunta recreate the concert that kick-started Bernstein’s career.


SCHUMANN                       Overture to Manfred

RÓSZA                                    Theme, Variations, & Finale

STRAUSS                              Don Quixote                                                    

WAGNER                             Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Guest Soloists:

Julian Schwarz, cello

Yee Ling Elaine Ng, viola

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To listen to Maestro Giunta’s comment on the famous 1943 broadcast concert, click below.