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1956-57 Scrapbook (Part 2 of 3), Sep 1, 1956 - Apr 17, 1957

- Bruno Walter celebrates his 80th birthday, announces retirement from his regular guest conductor appearances with the Philharmonic - Announcement that Bernstein will co-direct the Philharmonic, beginning in the 1957-58 season, at the request of Dimitri Mitropoulos - Guests conductors for the season to include Georg Solti, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Franco Autori, Paul Paray, and André Cluytens - Bruno Walter survives heart attack - Profile of Thomas Schippers - Musical Courier article, "The Psychosomatics of Orchestral Conducting" - Dimitri Mitropoulos speaks at the annual American Symphony Orchestra League convention in Providence, Rhode Island - Mitropoulos conducts a series of concerts at Town Hall sponsored by the Jazz and Classical Music Society, featuring Miles Davis, Percy Heath, J.J. Johnson, Connie Kay, and John Lewis; The concerts are a mix of jazz, contemporary, and classical music - Tenor, Mario Del Monaco's allergy to horses disrupts Chicago Lyric Opera Company's production of Puccini's "Girl of the Golden West" - Mitropoulos conducts Tosca at the Metropolitan Opera House, with Renata Tebaldi, Leonard Warren, Jussi Bjoerling, and Salvatore Baccaloni - World premiere of Lionel Hampton's "King David" presented by Local 802 of the AFM, directed by Mitropoulos - Maria Callas performs as Tosca at The Metropolitan Opera House; Mitropoulos conducts - Leopold Stokowski conducts benefit concert for United Nations Symphony Orchestra and Music Institute; Daniel Barenboim makes New York debut - Verdi's Ernani is performed at the Met for the first time in 27 years - Dimirti Mitropoulos shares conducting role with Duke Ellington at "Music for Moderns" program at Town Hall - Early advertisement for Bruno Walter's upcoming autobiography, here titled "A Musician Looks Back;" The book was relased in 1946 under the title "Themes and Variations" - Opinion piece calling for a longer Philharmonic season - State Department's suspension of cultural relations with Russia does not impact the first American tour of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra or the Philadelphia Orchestra's tour of Eastern Europe - Mitropoulos conducts Madama Butterfly and Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera - Mitropoulos honored with the Orfeo d'Oro (Golden Orpheus) by the City of Mantua, Italy, their award for conductor of the year - Time magazine cover and article featuring a painting of Leonard Bernstein by Henry Koerner - Leonard Bernstein's relevised lecture "History of Musical Comedy" on "Omnibus" is nominated for an Emmy for best single program of the year; Bernstein wins Emmy for Best Musical Contribution for television - Andre Kostelanetz is the conductor for a series of four special concerts with the Philharmonic - New York premiere of William Schuman's "New England Triptych," commissioned by Kostelanetz - Plans for Bernstein to be guest conductor of the Israel Philharmonic on October 2, 1957; The concert will feature Arthur Rubenstein, Isaac Stern, and Gregor Piatigorsky
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  • Leon Levy Foundation
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1956-57 Scrapbook (Part 2 of 3), 1 Sep 1956 - 17 Apr 1957, Folder 555-070-01, Communications/Public Relations Records, New York Philharmonic Shelby White & Leon Levy Digital Archives.

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