Leonard Bernstein Timeline 1918-1990

  • 1918 to 1942 1918 Born August 25, Lawrence, Massachusetts, first child of Samuel and Jennie Bernstein.
  • 1943 to 1951 1943 Appointed assistant conductor New York Philharmonic by Artur Rodzinski; substituted for Bruno Walter at Carnegie Hall concert November 14.
  • 1952 to 1960 1952 First performance of Trouble in Tahiti, opera in one act; birth of daughter Jamie; artistic director, Festival of Creative Arts, Brandeis University.
  • 1961 to 1969 1961 Toured Japan with New York Philharmonic; film version of West Side Story released.
  • 1970 to 1979 1970 Fund-raising meeting for Black Panthers held at Bernstein's residence; conducted bicentennial production of Beethoven's Fidelio opera in Vienna; named artistic advisor, Tanglewood, 1970-74.