ARTICLE: Leonard’s daughter remembers her dad in La Jolla Music Society show

La Jolla Light
Corey Levitan
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.