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1939-40 Scrapbook (Part 3 of 5), Nov 25, 1939 - Dec 29, 1939

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- Announcements and reviews from the 1939 Fall Tour of U.S. and Canada - Philharmonic radio broadcasts for the 1939-40 season continue on CBS; Announcements of local channels around the U.S. and estimated radio listeners - Barbirolli makes his first appearances in Chicago, and the Philharmonic makes first Toledo appearance after an anonymous donor funded the concert for members of the Toledo Museum of Art - Philadelphia Orchestra music director Leopold Stokowski experiments with rearranging orchestral seating and predicts that more orchestras will adopt sound reflectors; Barbirolli is opposed to such experimentation - Critic Samuel T. Wilson laments the "barbarous custom" of demanding encores at orchestral concerts - Evelyn Barbirolli appears on radio interview about the orchestra's tour and expresses that talking on the radio to an unseen audience was "awful, but not as bad as playing before one" - Group of Philharmonic musicians praised for their amateur entertaining skills; Leopold Busch and Joachim Fishberg are skilled at imitating conductors and political figures; Fred Zimmerman draws sketches and caricatures of his fellow musicians; Robert Schenck and Louis Ricci are amateur musicians - Profile of John Barbirolli, noting in his childhood he was likened to Napolean and was predicted to be successful; various other anecdotes regarding his sleep schedule, remarkable memory, rehearsal ettiquette, and superstitions - Mabel Boll known as the "Queen of Diamonds" attends a Philharmonic concert at Constitution Hall wearing nearly \$1,000,000 worth of diamonds - Evelyn Barbirolli, newly wed to John Barbirolli, gives up her performing career - Music and radio used as propaganda tools in WWII - Death of Ernest Schelling, composer and conductor of the Philharmonic's children's concerts - John and Evelyn Barbirolli are guests of Lord Tweedsmuir and Lady Tweedsmuir in Ottawa - The Philharmonic performs a broadcast from Chicago over the nationwide Columbia network, with Deems Taylor as intermission commentator - The chorus from Westminster Choir College appears with the New York Philharmonic, presenting the world premiere of Bernard Herrmann's new cantata "Moby Dick" - Dorothy Maynor to perform in Pension Fund Concert on Jan 16 - "Salute to Symphony" article in Citizen Magazine with sketch of Barbirolli overlayed on text - Georges Enesco unable to conduct his scheduled Philharmonic performances as he is sick in Italy; Stravinsky and Barbirolli cover for his engagement - Second annual Symphony League Luncheon - Mabel Boll to wed Theodore Cella, Philharmonic harpist - Philharmonic sponsors book about their musicians, containing bios and sketches (see New York Philharmonic Symphony League publication, 1939) - Rudolph Ganz will conduct the remainder of the Young People's Concerts for the season
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  • Leon Levy Foundation
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1939-40 Scrapbook (Part 3 of 5), 25 Nov 1939 - 29 Dec 1939, Folder 555-034-03, Communications/Public Relations Records, New York Philharmonic Shelby White & Leon Levy Digital Archives.