Maestro, A Musical Journey Through Leonard Bernstein’s Life and Legacy
For anyone who appreciates the beauty and power of classical music, the movie Maestro is a must-see this holiday season. Starring Bradley Cooper, the film is a fearless love story chronicling the complicated lifelong relationship between music legend Leonard Bernstein and his extraordinary wife, Felicia Montealegre. The movie will be available in limited theatrical release on Nov. 22. But for those who prefer to enjoy movies from the comfort of their own homes, Maestro will be available for streaming on Netflix beginning in Dec. 20. The connection between Leonard Bernstein and our very own Music Director makes this movie all the more compelling for Pacific Symphony patrons.
A Musical Icon and Mentor
Leonard Bernstein was a true musical icon, leaving an indelible mark on the world of classical music and beyond. His passionate and dynamic conducting style made him one of the most celebrated conductors of the 20th century. Beyond his exceptional talent as a conductor, Bernstein was a prolific composer, known for his timeless works like West Side Story and his influential contribution to the world of American music.
But what truly sets Leonard Bernstein apart is his legacy as a mentor and educator. His commitment to nurturing young talents and sharing his knowledge and love for music with the next generation was unwavering. It’s this aspect of Bernstein’s life that makes Maestro a must-watch for Pacific Symphony audiences.
Pacific Symphony’s Connection
Many of you may already be aware of the special connection between Pacific Symphony and Leonard Bernstein. Our very own Music Director Carl St.Clair had the incredible privilege of being mentored by Bernstein himself. This mentorship was not just a passing influence but a profound and life-changing experience that shaped St.Clair’s approach to music and conducting. Through Maestro, you’ll get a glimpse into the world of Leonard Bernstein and witness the profound impact he had on the world of classical music, as well as on St.Clair’s career and artistic vision.
Why Maestro Matters
Maestro promises to be a powerful and emotionally resonant portrayal of Leonard Bernstein’s life, his deep love for music, and the enduring bond he shared with his wife Felicia. Bradley Cooper, known for his dedication to his roles, has immersed himself in the character of Bernstein, and early reviews have been overwhelmingly positive.
This film is not just for classical music aficionados; it’s for anyone who appreciates a compelling story of passion, dedication, and the pursuit of excellence. It’s a testament to the transformative power of music and the enduring impact of great mentors.
Save the Date
Make sure to mark your calendars for Nov. 22, when Maestro hits theaters. And for those who prefer to watch from home, keep an eye out for its release on Netflix on Dec. 20.
Read Carl St.Clair Remembers Leonard Bernstein
Watch Bradley Cooper on CBS Sunday Morning talking about the making of the film.