\Yesterday the Library of Congress officially received personal papers from musical theater composer, Charles Strouse, and the man himself also was interviewed and honored at a special performance at the Kennedy Center during the evening. Strouse, who will be turning eighty on June 7, will publish his memoirs, Put on a Happy Face, on the first of June. The LC acquisition complements another collection held by the Music Division, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

Many happy returns!

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Here’s some holiday cheer for you. Yesterday it was announced that Carnegie Hall and the New York Philharmonic will be partnering with several other organizations to present an ambitious festival late next year in commemoration of the 90th birthday of Leonard Bernstein (among other things). Dubbed, Bernstein: The Best of All Possible Worlds, the festival will run from 24 September – 13 December 2008 and will feature 30 events (some of which will incorporate archival materials) in seven different venues in New York City.

Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein (with Carol Lawrence in background) instructing cast during rehearsal for West Side Story;

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