Jazz à la Russe
While on tour with the Orchestra in 1959, Leonard Bernstein took the opportunity to tickle the ivories in an impromptu jazz performance at the Ministry of Culture in Moscow. It was the first time the New York Philharmonic played in the Soviet Union, and history repeated itself several times before the Iron Curtain fell between 1989 and 1991.
As a contrast, jazz returns to Lincoln Center starting tonight with a Rush Hour concert that expands into a full set this weekend as Alan Gilbert conducts Wynton Marsalis's Swing Symphony (Symphony No. 3). Friday and Saturday’s concerts also include swinging numbers by Shostakovich, Stravinsky, and Copland.
(Photo: New York Philharmonic Digital Archives)
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