The Leonard Bernstein Collection, ca. 1920-1989

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Leonard Bernstein Timeline 1918-1990

1943-1951

1943   

Appointed assistant conductor New York Philharmonic by Artur Rodzinski; substituted for Bruno Walter at Carnegie Hall concert November 14.

1944   

First performances of Jeremiah, Symphony No. 1, the ballet Fancy Free and the musical On the Town.

1945   

Appointed music director, New York City Symphony Orchestra, 1945-47.

1946   

First European conducting appearances in Prague and London; conducted U.S. premiere of Britten's Peter Grimes.

1947   

First visit to Israel; conducted in France, Belgium and Holland.

1948   

Served as musical advisor, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, 1948-49; conducted concert at Beersheba, Israel during War of Independence; first appearance as conductor in Munich, Budapest, Vienna, Milan and Rome.

1949   

Piano soloist in first performance of his Second Symphony, The Age of Anxiety, conducted by Koussevitzky.

1950   

Premiere of the play Peter Pan with incidental music.

1951   

Appointed head of conducting studies at Tanglewood, following the death of Koussevitzky; marriage to Felicia Montealegre Cohn.

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