La Jolla Light
August 1, 2018
Leonard Bernstein was one of the most important classical conductors and composers of the 20th century, and the first American to enjoy rock-star status in the role. If directing the New York Philharmonic from 1958 to 1972 wasn’t enough — and it was — Bernstein also scored the Broadway musicals “West Side Story” and “Candide.”
To Nina Bernstein Simmons, however, he was just dad.On Aug. 8 at UC San Diego’s Conrad Prebys Concert Hall — in what would have been its subject’s 100th year — Simmons hosts “Late Night With Leonard Bernstein.” Named for her father’s penchant for playing music and entertaining friends into the wee morning hours, the multimedia celebration — part of the La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest season — features Nina’s favorite memories brought to musical life by soprano Amy Burton and pianists John Musto and Michael Boriskin.