Bernstein’s TV producer dies

Bernstein’s TV producer dies


norman lebrecht

February 26, 2021

The death has been announced of Roger Englander, producer of the New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts with Leonard Bernstein for CBS TV. As an act of mass musical education, it has never been equalled.

Englander, who was 94, died in Newport, Long Island.


  • DCello says:

    I believe Mr. Englander most likely died in Newport, Rhode Island (a US State), not Long Island.

    A few years ago I was asked to play chamber music at a very lovely event at one of the many beautiful estates in Newport, RI. After the performance I was introduced to someone called Roger Englander. I was one of those American kids who grew up watching Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts and recognized the name immediately. I asked him if he was “the“ Roger Englander and he quietly said yes. As I told him how important those concerts had been to me as a young boy and how they changed my life, I began to tear up. He was very gracious and said that he had heard this from many musicians over the years and he was thankful to have been part (!) of such a great and influential project. Our conversation went on the other things – like how he had retired to Newport several years earlier and what music he was listening to lately – but I was glad I didn’t let the moment pass without thanking him, despite slightly embarrassing myself. He seemed like a modest and cultured man and I was very sorry to read of his passing.

  • Larry says:

    No “Newport” on Long Island. It’s in Rhode Island. Take it from a native Long Islander.

  • caranome says:

    LB expounding on Gustav Mahler on national TV prime time with NYP and attentive (all white) boys n girls in suits n frilly dresses. That’s apotheosis of high musical culture where substance, beauty, performance n knowledge reign supreme and boys r boys and girls r girls. But in today’s perverted woke view, that’s apotheosis of white racism/privilege, elitism, n gender intolerance (or whatever -ism that says there is no male/female). This is progress?

  • Jan Kaznowski says:

    He wrote a great book “Opera: What’s All the Screaming about ?”

  • Alexander Platt says:

    How can we express our thanks? Those concerts are immortal.

  • Yossel says:

    Mr. Englander lived in Newport, Rhode Island.