WNYC New York Public Radio will air an eleven-part documentary series on the life and work of classical musician Leonard Bernstein, entitled, "Leonard Bernstein: An American Life," beginning Oct. 10. The series of 60-minute programs is narrated by actress Susan Sarandon, and produced by Steve Rowland with Larry Abrams of CultureWorks for the WFMT Radio Network.
The radio event took six years to produce. Rowland says it is "a story - a profound and multi-layered story with many fascinating twists: the number and variety of people, places, ideas and artistic issues that Bernstein worked with, came into contact with, and ultimately affected, is stunning.
"On top of his extraordinary talents in music, as a composer, a conductor, a performer and educator, there was still more...These eleven hours of radio tell a monumental story," he said.
Listeners can hear the series at two separate times: on WNYC(FM) 93.9 and WNYC(AM) 820. Both broadcasts also will be streamed at www.wnyc.org.