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1943-1944 Scrapbook (Part 1 of 6), Aug 5, 1943 - Nov 14, 1943

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  • 1943-1944 Scrapbook (Part 1 of 6)
  • Aug 5, 1943 - Nov 14, 1943
- Marshall Field calls for end of symphonic recording ban in letter proposal to Petrillo - Petrillo announces first of free wartime concerts at Hyde Park, NY - Conditions named by Field for free concert proposal - Transportation shortage may force cancellations of Petrillo union-sponsored series of free concerts - Martinu's newly composed second symphony dedicated to Czech workers in Cleveland, Ohio - Mitropoulos comes to New York to conduct three Philharmonic Sunday afternoon broadcasts; Josef Hofmann is soloist on the first - Appointment of Leonard Bernstein as assistant conductor - Rodzinski rejects the idea of using popular music singers at symphonic concerts - Mexican premiere of new piano concerto by Carlos Chavez - Rodzinski swaps goats for bees on his farm in Stockbridge - Bruno Walter to conduct Philharmonic's first performance of Bruckner Te Deum - Philharmonic gets new assistant concertmaster Michael Rosenker - Joseph Schuster announces plans to quit the Philharmonic at the end of the season to pursue his career as a soloist - American premiere of Vaughn Willams' Fifth Symphony - All-Czech programs planned to commemorate the Czech Republic's 25th anniversary - Advertisement for the Philharmonic's Young People's Concerts - Announcement of the League of Composers World War II commission project - Philharmonic begins series of free war-time concerts - Rodzinski's French Poodle, Pudla - William Lincer is announced as new solo viola player to replace the ill Zoltan Kurthy - Bruno Walter and Howard Barlow are the only guest conductors for the season - Rodzinski makes his debut as permanent director of the Philharmonic - Polish ambassador attends Rodzinski's opening concert - Feedback to Rodzinski's debut concert is favorable, Olin Downes attributes defects to this being an orchestra with a significant number of new players and under new leadership - Eugene Istomin wins the fourth annual contest from the Edgar M. Leventritt Foundation - Bela Bartok attends the New York premiere of his second violin concerto conducted by Rodzinski - Ruth Pratt hosts a tea at the Ritz-Carlton to honor the Rodzinskis - World premiere of Bernard Rogers' Invasion as the first of the war-time works commissioned by the League of Composers - The Philharmonic presents an all-Tchaikovsky program with Zino Francescatti as soloist - Critics acknowledge the steady improvements being instilled in the orchestra by Rodzinski's leadership - Rodzinski leads rehearsals of unknown scores, the goal being to expand his own repertory of new music and to encourage composers still attempting to establish their reputations - Librarian Emil Greinert cherishes memories, tales of Toscanini and other conductors since 1891 - The personality of three orchestras: Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony and New York Philharmonic compared by Virgil Thomson - Response from Olin Downes to Alfred Frankenstein's article, "The Plight of the American Composer" - Jarmila Novotna is soloist with the Philharmonic as part of all-Czech program - Bruno Walter conducts the New York premiere of Miklos Rozsa's Theme, Variations, and Finale - The Philharmonic performs at the inauguration of The City Center of Music and Drama with tickets priced at just one dollar - Edith Sawin as farmer and chairman of the Young People's Concerts - CBS gets the broadcast rights to the first American performance of Shostakovich's eighth symphony - Toscanini opens the NBC Symphony's winter series - Variations in the seating arrangements of the orchestra - Halina Rodzinski answers questions about the plans of Polish refugees in New York following the war - Rudolph Ganz opens the twenty-first season the Young People's Concerts
Project Funder
  • Leon Levy Foundation
Preferred Citation
1943-1944 Scrapbook (Part 1 of 6), 5 Aug 1943 - 14 Nov 1943, Folder 555-044-01, Communications/Public Relations Records, New York Philharmonic Shelby White & Leon Levy Digital Archives.