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1955-56 Scrapbook (Part 1 of 2), Jun 1, 1955 - Apr 30, 1956

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  • 1955-56 Scrapbook (Part 1 of 2)
  • Jun 1, 1955 - Apr 30, 1956
Parts 1 of this scrapbook includes: - Press clippings from 1955-56 season - Plans to bring Soviet artists David Oistrakh and Emil Gilels to New York - Death of New YorkTimes Music Critic, Olin Downes - Gala Opening Night Concert after European tour with ambassadors. dignitaries and representatives of foreign countries in attendance with Andrea very fashionable audience - Season Opening Concert features Rudolf Serkin playing 3 Mozart Piano Concertos - Andre Kostelanetz incorporates two Japanese works in his New Year's Eve program: Tone Poem "Sea of Spring" and "Coming from Heaven" - Carl Sandberg is guest narrator in Copland's Lincoln Portrait with Andre Kostelanetz conducting on February 4, 1956 - Noel Coward appears a Narrator in Saint-Saens Carnival of the Animals with Andre Kostelanetz on April 7, 1956 - Article on Jean Sibelius on his 90th Birthday - A revised version of Roy Harris' 7th Symphony to be premiered by the Philadelphia Orchestra - Dispute between the Philharmonic and American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) about use of vocal artists and choruses - Time magazine article on David Oistrakh - David Oistrakh is soloist with the Philharmonic in Shostakovich's new Violin Concerto, which received a warm recption from audience and critics - Drive to save Carnegie hall - Guest soloists named for 1956-67 season - Possible sale of Carnegie Hall - New York Phlharmonic commits itself to relocate to Lincoln Square along with the Metropolitan Opera, according to articles in the New York Times in October 1955 - John D. Rockefeller 3d to head committee to explore development of arts center at Lincoln Square, according to New Yor Times article December 1, 1955 - Slum clearance at Lincoln Square proposed by Robert Moses - Article on New Cultural Vista for New York City with proposed arts center at Lincoln Square, article by Howard Taubman in New York Times Magazine - Multple newspaper articles in April and May 1956 describe new cultural center at Lincoln Square and ancillary development in that area - Federal role in Lincoln Square redevelopment project - David M. Keiser elected Philharmonic President - Floyd G. Blair elected Philharmonic Board Chairman - Benefit concert to aid Greek orphans - Reginal H. Hall winner of the Greshwin Memorial Contest for composers - Lists of recommended recordings and record reviews - David Ostrakh recordings with the New York Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra - Oistrakh recording with Mitropoulos and the Philharmonic of Shostakovich's Violin Concerto released only 4 days after the recording sessions - Philharmonic returns for 26th Year on CBS Radio - Symphony of the Birds, by James Fassett, CBS Radio Commentator - Mitropoulos to conduct Mozart's Don Giovanni at Salzburg Festival, Puccini's Girl of the Golden West at Chicago Lyric Opera, and Puccini' Tosca in Dallas - Mitropoulos conducts at Syracuse University - Mitropoulos hailed for his conducting of Pucini's Tosca at the Metropolitan Opera, with Renata Tebaldi, Richard Tucker and Leonard Warren. He let "the blood and thunder come through in the music", according to Howard Taubman in the New York Times; Tosca reborn! - Mitropoulos conducted a powerful revival of Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov at the Met in the Karol Rathaus version featuring Jerome Hines as Boris - Celebration of the 60th birthday of Dimitri Mitropoulos at the Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera; he says that he made up his birthday when he left Greece many year ago, and he may be considerably older - Mitropoulos conducts Puccini's Manon Lescaut at the Met"with power and affection" drawing mixed reviews - Mitropoulos and the Philharmonic play at Julia Richman High School for high school students from the five boroughs - 15-year old Korean pianist Tong Il Han plays at a Young Peoples' Concert - Philharmonic celebrates Jean Sibelius's 90th birthday with "Sibelius Week" and an all-Sibelius concert on December 4, 1955 - Rudolf Serkin plays the Mendelssohn G-minor Piano Concerto at a Young Peoples' Concert - Mitropoulos named Music Director for 1956-1957 - Tong Il Han makes debut age t 14. --Death of Concert Pianist, Carl Friedberg - Pierre Monteux celebrates his 80th birthday with concerts at the Philharmonic and performances at the Metropolitan Opera - Cantelli cancels dates with the Philharmonic to allow him to conduct Mozart's Cosi fan Tutte' in Milan; Mitropoulos takes over for those dates - Leonard Bernstein and Paul Paray named as guest conductors fior 1956-57 along witn Bruno Walter and Guido Cantelli - Death of Olin Downes, long time music critic of the New York Times, author of many books, authority on Jean Sibelius, and a frequent speaker on music, politics and humanitarian causes - Death of famed pianist Carl Friedberg, student of Clara Schumann, performer with the Philharmonic and many other major orhestras, faculty member at Juilliard from 1923-1946, and first performer of Schoenberg's Pelleas et Melisande, and Richard Strauss' Burleske - Death of conductor Erich Kleiber, who conducted numerous concerts with the New York Philharmonic in the 1930s - Death of pianist Hortense Monath, who appeared frequently with the New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall and Lewisohn Stadium, co-founder of New Friends of Music
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  • Leon Levy Foundation
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1955-56 Scrapbook (Part 1 of 2), 1 Jun 1955 - 30 Apr 1956, Folder 555-067-01, Communications/Public Relations Records, New York Philharmonic Leon Levy Digital Archives.