PREVIEW: La Jolla Music Society honors Leonard Bernstein with ‘Late Night’ concert

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Beth Wood
August 5, 2018

Some people connect the term “late night” with television talk shows, but for the iconic conductor, composer and pianist Leonard Bernstein, “late night” was a way of life. Most famous for creating the music of the 1957 Broadway hit “West Side Story,” which became a 1962 Oscar-winning movie, Bernstein was one of the first American-born conductors to receive international fame.

“Dad was a hopeless insomniac,” said his youngest daughter, Nina Bernstein Simmons, from her home in SoHo. She will host the La Jolla Music Society’s “Late Night with Leonard Bernstein” SummerFest concert Wednesday at UC San Diego’s Conrad Prebys Concert Hall.