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Week of 1 October 1999

Vol. III, No. 8

BU Yesterday

When Leonard Bernstein died in 1990, music critics and obituary writers couldn't decide whether his importance to 20th-century music was as conductor, composer, or educator. Nor could many resist dissecting Lennie for his self-indulgence, his contradictions, and his political naïveté. But no one who thinks seriously about music can deny his enormous impact on both concert music and Broadway. In October 1983 Bernstein came to BU to accept an honorary degree and to participate in a lecture and discussion with SFA music students (above). He's shown at the BU Concert Hall making a playful point with a student about how we hear music. Boston University Photo Services