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1940 Jul 26 / Stadium Concert / Stokowski

The New York Philharmonic did not perform at this concert.
Location was moved from Lewisohn Stadium to CUNY's Great Hall due to rain.
July 26 review: "After the intermission addresses were made by Aubrey Williams, director of the National Youth Administration, which cooperated so signally in the formation of the orchestra, and by Charles A. Thomson, head of the Department of Cultural Relations of the State Department."
Albeniz: Stokowski transcription used according to the review.

from the July 25, 1940 review:"The orchestra numbers 100. It included fifteen players from the Philadelphia Orchestra, seven of whom are listed in the program as section leaders. The remainder of the musicians have been selected from 560 applicants who previously had passed examination in their home States, every State in the Union being represented in this new organization, which sails tonight after its second stadium concert on its South American good-will tour. Twenty members are girls. The average age is 16 to 25, but two are 14, and the senior age, aside from one or two of the Philadelphia Orchestra participants, is, we are informed, 27. In a little more than two weeks of rehearsals, Mr. Stokowski has achieved results astonishing from any viewpoint, and very impressive to the listener."
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