Bernstein 60th Birthday Concert, 1978
Stravinsky's "Greeting Prelude.” (2:26) William Schuman introduces the evening; Rostopovoch conducts The National Symphony Orchestra in excerpts from Bernstein's musical score to "On the Waterfront” (9:39); Aaron Copland conducts The National Symphony Orchestra in the "Lamentation" from "Jeremiah" Symphony No.1 with Christa Ludwig as soloist (23:58); Lukas Foss conducts and is soloist with The National Symphony Orchestra in Bernstein's "The Masque" from "The Age of Anxiety" Symphony No. 2 (37:57); Christian Badea conducts The National Symphony Orchestra in Bernstein's "Songfest: A Cycle of American Poems for Six Singers and Orchestra" (46:08); "What Lips My Lips Have Kissed" by Edna St. Vincent Millay and "Israfel" by Edgar Allan Poe are performed by Ludwig, Susan Davenny Wyner, Rosalind Elias, Neil Rosenshein, John Reardon, and Donald Gramm; and Grey talks with Rostropovich about Bernstein's place in music history and interviews Christa Ludwig; Lauren Bacall introduces Bernstein's theater works and introduces John Mauceri, who conducts The National Symphony Orchestra (101:59); Daniel Fortus, Leroy Reams, and Treat Williams sing "New York, New York” (1:01:59) and "I Can Cook, Too” (1:04:47); Lenora Nemetz and Laurence Guittard sing "Lonely Town.” (1:08:06)
The National Symphony Orchestra performs "Ballet at the Vortex" from "Wonderful Town” (1:11:45); Betty Comden sings "One Hundred Easy Ways to Lose a Man” (1:14:40); Phyllis Newman and Adolph Green sing "Wrong Note Rag” (1:19:13); Stephen Bogardus sings "Something's Coming" from "West Side Story” (1:23:06); The National Symphony Orchestra plays "The Dance at the Gym"; Jossie De Guzman and Stephen Bogardus sing "Tonight"; David Morgan sings "A Simple Song" from “Mass” (1:32:31); the Norman Scribner Choir performs "Almighty Father” (1:36:44); Gianna Rolandi sings "Glitter and Be Gay" from “Candide” (1:40:08); Jossie De Guzman and Stephen Bogardus sing "Make Our Garden Grow” (1:46:19); Grey and BBC commentator Humphrey Burton talks with Bernstein about this celebration of his; William Schuman talks with Jerome Robbins about his relationship with Bernstein; Grey interviews Betty Comden and Adolph Green about their relationship with Bernstein; Lillian Hellman pays tribute to Bernstein; and Bernstein conducts The National Symphony Orchestra with Andre Previn (piano), Mstislav Rostropovich (cello), and Yehudi Menuhin (violin) in the first movement of Beethoven's Triple Concerto in C Major, Opus 56. Rostropovich presents Bernstein with an honorary membership in The National Symphony Orchestra (1:59:44); and the orchestra plays "Happy Birthday to You" for Bernstein.