In 2001 the 20th Century's master jazz pianist, Dave Brubeck, and the younger generation's jazz piano leader, David Benoit, presented a young teenage jazz piano phenom to their audience in a concert called "Three Generations of Jazz Piano." That young star-in-the-making was longtime PSO favorite, Menlo Park's own Taylor Eigsti.  Here they are, taking their final bow:

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Chelsea Chambers
“Lenny,” “Lenyushka”, … “Maestro”

These monikers tell you a lot about the unique place of Leonard Bernstein in the history of American music.

He hated to be called “Lenny” by strangers, but he became such a familiar, human and loved international figure that it was inevitable. No other symphony conductor of his era (when legendary podium masters were both revered and feared) could have been addressed so unceremoniously. He made classical music an integral part of the ordinary American home.

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