Jeffrey Engel, a music historian, will discuss Leonard Bernstein and his first three Broadway musicals:  “On the Town,” “Wonderful Town”, and “Candide”. Leonard Bernstein is best remembered by classical music lovers as the music director of the New York Philharmonic, the presenter of his extremely popular ‘Young People’s Concerts’ and as the composer of operas, ballets, symphonies and virtually every other form of music. However, not to be forgotten is that Bernstein also wrote the music for five Broadway musicals including “West Side Story,” a truly great one.  Please register for this free program by calling the library at 860 668-3896 or online at suffield-library.org.  This is a Kent Memorial Library program funded by The Friends of the Library.

Mr. Engel is a graduate of Ithaca College where he majored in cello and music history. He continued musicological studies at the University of Connecticut. Mr. Engel lived in Paris for fourteen years where he played with the Paris Opera and other orchestras.  He is a contributor to “The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians”. Presently, he is a cello instructor and presents music lectures throughout Connecticut.