In 1951, when Brandeis University was 3 years old, founding President Abram Sachar “dared a quantum coup,” as he wrote in “Brandeis: A Host at Last,” his memoir of the university’s early years. Would it be presumptuous to invite composer Leonard Bernstein to join the Brandeis faculty?
From a young age, Leonard Bernstein attended religious services at Congregation Mishkan Tefila, the first synagogue in Boston to align itself with Conservative Judaism. It introduced Leonard Bernstein to the power of great music.
On July 26, 1976, my young photography students and I learned that the Tanglewood Chorus were to perform that day at the adjacent Church on the Hill, in a celebration of Serge Koussevitzky's 102nd birthday. We decided that this would be a fun photography field trip, not knowing we were in for a wonderful surprise.