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Author Presentation: Jamie Bernstein in conversation
November 16, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Jamie Bernstein in conversation
Famous Father Girl
Join us for an illuminating evening of conversation with Jamie Bernstein, author, narrator, and filmmaker, and Kim Beaty, artist and chairwoman of the Dorset Theatre Festival. Jamie Bernstein is the oldest daughter of revered composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein, and her memoir, Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein, presents a rare look at her father on the centennial of his birth in a deeply intimate and broadly evocative memoir.
The composer of On the Town and West Side Story, chief conductor of the New York Philharmonic, television star, humanitarian, friend of the powerful and influential, and the life of every party, Leonard Bernstein was an enormous celebrity during one of the headiest periods of American cultural life, as well as the most protean musician in twentieth century America. But to his eldest daughter, Jamie, he was above all the man in the scratchy brown bathrobe who smelled of cigarettes; the jokester and compulsive teacher who enthused about Beethoven and the Beatles; the insomniac whose 4 a.m. composing breaks involved spooning baby food out of the jar. He taught his daughter to love the world in all its beauty and complexity. In public and private, Lenny was larger than life. In Famous Father Girl, Bernstein mines the emotional depths of her childhood and invites us into her family’s private world.