LEONARD BERNSTEIN - COMMEMORATIVE SHEET WITH FIRST DAY CANCELLATION CIRCA 1969 CO-SIGNED BY: LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI - HFSID 259008
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LEONARD BERNSTEIN and LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI
Leonard Bernstein and Leopold Stokowski sign a commemorative sheet titled "A Christmas Eve prayer from Lunar Orbit"
Commemorative Sheet signed: "Leonard Bernstein" and "Leopold Stokowski", 10¾x8. Titled: "A Christmas Eve Prayer From Lunar Orbit/December 24, 1968", 6-cent Apollo 8 stamp affixed, postmarked Houston, Texas, May 5, 1969, FIRST DAY OF ISSUE. Prayer by Colonel Frank Borman beneath title. Captioned: "As Apollo 8 began its last lunar orbit, Colonel Borman said, 'We are now approaching the lunar sunrise and for all the people back on earth the crew of Apollo 8 has a message we would like to send to you.' The television camera aboard the spacecraft panned the lunar surface as Borman and his fellow astronauts recited in a medley the first eight verses of Genesis." At lower margin, printed transcript of the verses read by Apollo 8 astronauts William Anders, James Lovell and Borman. LEONARD BERNSTEIN (1918-1990) rose to fame as the conductor of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra (1958-1969). The varied works of the versatile composer, conductor and pianist include the musicals On the Town (1944) and West Side Story (1957). His symphonies include The Age of Anxiety (1949) and Mass, (commissioned by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis for the opening of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. in 1971). Bernstein also received an Academy Award for his score of On the Waterfront (1954). London-born conductor LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI (1882-1977) made his U.S. debut with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 1909. After leaving the U.S. in 1911 for Europe, he returned in 1912 to begin his long tenure (1912-1941) with the Philadelphia Orchestra, with whom he developed the "Philadelphia sound". In 1940, Stokowski conducted for Disney's animated feature, Fantasia. In 1972, he celebrated the 60th anniversary of his first appearance with the London Symphony. Stokowski, who was a guest conductor for orchestras worldwide, was also notorious for his personal life - Gloria Vanderbilt was one of his wives, and he had a well-publicized affair with Greta Garbo. At the age of 94, Stokowski signed a five-year contract with Columbia Records. He died at age 95 on September 11, 1977, the day he was to make his first recording of Rachmaninov's Second Symphony. Stokowski's signature touches postmark. Lightly shaded. Upper left blank corner chipped off. Fine condition.
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