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Meet Amazing Americans Musicians & Composers Leonard Bernstein
 
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Photo of Bernstein's inscription, written in November 1943
In this inscription, Bernstein thanked the New York Philharmonic for his "great opportunity."

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Leonard Bernstein's Debut
Many people's careers begin after they get a "break." On November 14, 1943, Leonard Bernstein made his debut as a conductor for the New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall in New York City. This was Bernstein's "big break," and a major turning point in his career. He got this break because he was substituting for another conductor, Bruno Walter, who had fallen ill.
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