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Leonard Bernstein is best known as the composer of music for "West Side Story." But to get a better appreciation of Bernstein as a conductor and personality, talk to someone like Gerard Schwarz. Schwarz is now the music director of the Seattle Symphony. In the early 1970s, he was principal trumpeter of the New York Philharmonic. Schwarz spoke with KUOW's Dave Beck about the first time Schwarz played for Leonard Bernstein. It was a performance of Gustav Mahler's "Symphony Number 5" which opens with a famous trumpet solo. Schwarz learned that Bernstein's excesses and larger–than–life personality made "Lenny" the ideal Mahler conductor.