Leonard Bernstein: Somewhere

Written by Leann Osterkamp


In category: Song of the Day

Published November 15, 2017

Perhaps Bernstein’s most well-known work, “Somewhere has an inherent timeless relevance. It expresses the hope of a world in which conflict is absent and people are able to live without prejudice and hatred. Bernstein spent his entire life being involved in social justice both in the U.S. and abroad. He was famously quoted, “This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.” It is chilling how necessary and relevant these words are to our world today.

This recording of the incomparable Jessye Norman dates from 1993.

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Award-winning American pianist Leann Osterkamp is a NYFOS Next and Emerging Artist alum and the first pianist to participate in NYFOS’s Caramoor residency. A Young Steinway Artist, she is releasing a solo album The Complete Works of Leonard Bernstein for Solo Piano on the Steinway and Sons label this fall. Leann will be featured extensively in the CUNY Graduate Center’s upcoming A Bernstein Marathon, part of the worldwide Bernstein at 100 celebration, on December 2.


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