This man orchestrates the contributions of 25 different individuals like no one else. Can handle virtually any circumstance, and it doesn't hurt that he was a hell of a player himself.
As a composer, he found expression for mid-century's voice in the dance music for Fancy Free and in the matchless orchestral writing for Candide. As a songwriter, he created the vaulting melodies of West Side Story, the spiky rhythms of On the Town. As conductor, teacher, and proselytizer, he brought his passion for music to millions.