We all know about how American blues and early rock influenced some great groups. But what about some other surprising other musical genres?
Conductor Marin Alsop was a protege of Leonard Bernstein. Xian Zhang was appointed to the New York Philharmonic by Loren Maazel. And they’re not alone.
Janet Jackson lifts Satie. Elvis sings Martini. The Stones raided the Renaissance. And let’s not even get started with the Beatles, who regularly tapped the classical music well.
If you missed ‘em first time around, Leonard Bernsteins’ lively explorations of classical music live on thanks to YouTube. Re-watching is a fitting way to mark his 100th birthday.