Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Happy Birthday William Schuman

Yes, it's Barack Obama's birthday, but it's also William Schuman's, and there was a time when that would have been a pretty big deal.

As John Clare reminded us on his blog, Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic celebrated Schuman's 50th birthday in 1960, opening their October 13-16 shows with his Symphony No. 3.

Two years later, as Schuman began his tenure as president of Lincoln Center (he was previously president of the Juilliard School), he appeared on What's My Line?