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 ‘Maestro’ – Leonard Bernstein Bio Pic: FIRST TEASER

On November 14, 1943, when Bruno Walter came down with the flu and was unable to guest conduct the New York Philharmonic, the assistant conductor stepped in on short notice. Without any rehearsal, he made, by all accounts, a triumphant Carnegie Hall debut.  Ten short weeks later, he was conducting the premiere of his Symphony No. 1: Jeremiah with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.  Thus began Leonard Bernstein’s brilliant music career at the age of 25.

At the age of 33, he married actress, Felicia Montealegre, who in a book of personal letters published in 2014, revealed she entered the marriage eyes wide open when she wrote to him saying,

“ …you [Bernstein] are a homosexual and may never change – you don’t admit to the possibility of a double life, but if your peace of mind, your health, your whole nervous system depend on a certain sexual pattern, what can you do? …I am willing to accept you as you are, without being a martyr or sacrificing myself on the L.B. altar. (I happen to love you very much – this may be a disease and if it is what better cure?)”

Related post: “WATCH: CBS Sunday Morning, ‘Leonard Bernstein at 100’” 

This November, their love story and life together is the subject of Netflix’s feature film Maestro starring Bradley Cooper, in a stunning transformation, as Leonard Bernstein and Carey Mulligan as Felicia Montealegre.  Here’s how it’s described the official teaser just released.

Maestro is a towering and fearless love story chronicling the lifelong relationship between cultural icon Leonard Bernstein and Felicia Montealegre Cohn Bernstein. A love letter to life and art, Maestro, at its core, is an emotionally epic portrayal of family and love.”


Maestro In Select Theaters November 22 and on Netflix December 20.



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