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Pianist Lara Downes Honors Legacy Of Bernstein On 'For Lenny'

Beth Ruyak / Capital Public Radio

Beth Ruyak / Capital Public Radio

Classical pianist Lara Downes collaborated with several of her friends and musical heroes to create “For Lenny,” an album dedicated to the 100th birthday of legendary composer Leonard Bernstein. The record features guest artists like opera baritone Thomas Hampson, bluegrass artist Rhiannon Giddens and Pentatonix beatboxer Kevin Olusola. She recorded Bernstein originals, new works dedicated to him, and a series of podcasts and videos documenting the process of creating the project.

Downes stopped by the Insight studio to chat with Beth Ruyak about the legacy of Bernstein and perform his songs “Story of My Life,” “Big Stuff” and “Some Other Time.”

Downes will host the Winners Concert for the 13th annual Mondavi Center Young Artists Competition in Davis on April 29, 2018.




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Cody Drabble

Insight Producer and On-Air Director

Cody Drabble learned to love public radio growing up in San Francisco with KQED on every morning during breakfast. In addition to producing and directing the live broadcast of Insight each morning, he also fills in as guest host for Beth Ruyak.   Read Full Bio 

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