Isaac Stern at 100 [Video]

By Louise Frank and Keegan Morris |

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Isaac Stern in Carnegie Hall (Photo courtesy

With accomplishments too numerous to mention, and a legacy that continues to nourish us today, we celebrate the wonderful violinist Isaac Stern on the 100th anniversary of his birth, July 21, 1920.

Had he simply been one of the greatest performers and collaborators of his time, or if his innumerable extramusical activities had been limited to saving Carnegie Hall for posterity, or to championing the careers of extraordinary young musicians, that would have been more than many people achieve in a lifetime.

Conductor Michael Stern, the longtime music director of the Kansas City Symphony, spoke with WFMT producer Louise Frank, via Zoom, about some of his father’s many enduring accomplishments, and how plans for celebrating the centennial have evolved in these interesting times.

“He always believed that music and the arts and young people were the future, and if you put the two of them together, the success of watching those possibilities come to fruition was limitless.”

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