As a kid in America, you must have been aware of Bernstein long before you came across a score. What was your first intro to his musical world?

There were two. I was born in September, 1945 and when I was nine or ten years old, he was on television. There were two conductors who were on television in America. One was Arturo Toscanini and the other one was Leonard Bernstein. Of course, they couldn’t have been more different. But one talked to us, and that was really interesting. I started going to the theatre when I was nine. I had one aunt who took me to Broadway shows and another who took me to the Metropolitan Opera House (she had a son who wasn’t the slightest bit interested in opera, and a husband who wasn’t the slightest bit interested in opera, so she would bring Johnny with her!) I...

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