This Easter, ABC Classic FM will devote daytime listening to a celebration of American music. Entitled America: Brilliant and Bold, the programming marks the centenary of legendary conductor/composer Leonard Bernstein, and will air in conjunction with the station’s music for Holy Week: Passover, Passiontide and Easter.

ABC Classic FM presenters Christopher Lawrence, Martin Buzacott, Vanessa Hughes, Russell Torrance, Stephen Watkins, Greta Bradman, Jason di Rosso, Mairi Nicolson, Meena Shamaly, Damien Beaumont, Genevieve Lang and Joel Carnegie and their guests will pay tribute to great American-born composers and performers, as well as those who made it their home, in a celebratory, optimistic, triumphant, friendly and fun weekend of music.

The programming will pay homage to the great musical and cultural successes of American music and will connect to the phenomenal American-driven advances in technology that drove so much of the 20th century. It will chart the birth and development of an immigrant nation, the building of cities, and the music that emerged from that.

Guests will include Jamie Bernstein, the daughter of Leonard Bernstein, pianist Simon Tedeschi, and the Australian Film Television and Radio School’s Cameron Patrick. In addition, ABC Classic FM’s...

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