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For Lenny: Lara Downes & Friends
By Javier Morales-Martinez, Kevin Olusola, Lara Downes, Rhiannon Giddens, and Thomas Hampson. By Eleonor Sandresky, John Corigliano Jr., Lara Downes, Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990), Stephen Schwartz, Stephen Sondheim (1930-), and Shulamit Ran (1949-). Classical. CD. Sony Music Entertainment #84284011251. Published by Sony Music Entertainment (NX.84284011251).
Item Number: NX.84284011251
Lara Downes' new album For Lenny celebrates the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein with a special friends-and-family tribute to the man behind the music. Lara Downes' whole life has been a blending of traditions, styles, cultures, and genres. Not satisfied with being one of the preeminent pianists of her generation, Lara courageously dons and then sheds labels like "classical" or "eclectic"" as freely as she engages audiences of all ages with her charismatic presence, intellectual curiosity, and masterful command of her artistic voice. She wants to create experiences that bring 19th and 20th century traditions firmly into the present for 21st century audiences. She is a trailblazer onstage and off. She is also a writer, a broadcaster, a mentor and a role model who understands that music is a dialogue between artist and audience, as everyday life is a balance between speaking and listening, giving and receiving.