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Posted: Friday, May 31, 2013 5:00 am | Updated: 2:39 pm, Thu Jun 13, 2013.

Leonard Bernstein was a legend in his own time, and that was just the beginning. His hyperactive career prepared the way for a posthumous flowering that has been rarely equaled in classical music.

This weekend, the Lensic Performing Arts Center hosts a recent offspring of the ongoing Bernstein industry: a one-man show titled Maestro: The Art of Leonard Bernstein, written by and starring Hershey Felder. A Canadian actor and pianist, Felder unveiled his show in 2010, the most recent in a series of similar performance pieces that have so far focused on Gershwin, Chopin, and Beethoven. (Some music lovers may remember his George Gershwin Alone, which he performed at the Lensic in 2005.) In all of these he collaborates with theatrical director Joel Zwick, most widely known for directing the 2002 romantic comedy My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Felder happens to be “common-law married” to Kim Campbell, who served as the prime minister of Canada for about four and a half months in 1993; they were apparently struck by love at first sight when he appeared as a pianist at the Canadian Consular Residence in Los Angeles in 1996.

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