SPRINGFIELD – Jamie Bernstein will discuss her book, Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein on Thursday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m.at the Springfield JCC, as part of Literatour, the Springfield JCC’s annual Jewish book festival.
The oldest daughter of revered composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein offers a rare look at her father on the centennial of his birth in her deeply intimate and broadly evocative memoir. In Famous Father Girl, Bernstein mines the emotional depths of her childhood and invites the reader into her family’s private world. A fantastic set of characters populates the Bernsteins’ lives, including: the Kennedys, Mike Nichols, John Lennon, Richard Avedon, Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Robbins, and Betty (Laurel) Bacall. The book is an intimate meditation on a complex and sometimes, troubled man, the family he raised, and the music he composed that became the soundtrack to their entwined lives. Deeply moving and often hilarious, Bernstein’s memoir is a great American story about one of the greatest Americans of the modern age.
The evening will feature a festive reception and a special performance by Maestro Kevin Rhodes, music director of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, who will play a selection of Bernstein music on the piano.
It is co-sponsored by the Yiddish Book Center, Glenmeadow Retirement, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, and Bay Path University’s Kaleidoscope Series
Admission is free for JCC and Yiddish Book Center members and Bay Path University students and staff; $5 for the general public
To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (413) 739-4715, ext. 308