‘If I can’t join you, then I will lead you’: How Lee broke color barriers on the conductor’s podium

‘If I can’t join you, then I will lead you’: How Lee broke color barriers on the conductor’s podium
Everett Lee was already a concertmaster leading white theater orchestras when he made Broadway history in 1945. He was appointed music director of Leonard Bernstein’s “On the Town” in September 1945, making him the first Black conductor to lead production on Broadway. Per the Chicago Defender, Lee was the first Black conductor “to wave the...

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