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1940 Stadium Scrapbook (Part 1 of 2), Apr 4, 1940 - Jul 19, 1940

- Listings are released for the twenty-third season of Stadium Concerts - Conductors include Rodzinski, Freccia, Kurtz, Smallens, Weissmann, and Steinberg - Drive organized by the Stadium Concerts Committee to raise 20,000 dollars to guarantee the stadium season - Plans for the world premiere of William Grant Still's, "And They Lynched Him on a Tree," setting verses by Katherine Garrison Chapin to music - Helen Hamilton hosts tea for stadium concert sponsors and conductors - Advertisements to purchase reserved seats - Rodzinski opens the stadium season with the beginning of a Brahms cycle, Rudolf Serkin soloist - Discount tickets are offered to industrial and professional groups - Mark Warnow makes his stadium debut - Eleanor Roosevelt, Mayor LaGuardia, and various distinguished guests attend the world premieres of Still's "And They Lynched Him on a Tree," and Harris' "Challenge, 1940," on a rogram that also features Paul Robeson as soloist in the "Ballad for Americans" - Ballet Theatre returns to the Stadium - Lily Pons and Andre Kostelanetz return to Lewisohn Stadium after drawing a record crowd during the previous season - World premiere of Schuman's new cantata, "This is Our Time," with text by the poet, Genevieve Taggard - Artur and Halina Rodzinski on their farm and their goats - Edwin McArthur conducts an all-Wagner program featuring Kirsten Flagstad of the Metropolitan Opera, both making their stadium debut - Elsie Houston and Oscar Levant appear at Lewisohn Stadium for the annual George Gershwin memorial program, which was delayed a night due to rain - Stadium debut for child prodigy, Teresa Sterne - Frieder Weissmann begins his stay as conductor with a program of Spanish and South American works, with Elsie Houston and guitarist, Julio Martinez Oyanguren
Project Funder
  • Leon Levy Foundation
Preferred Citation
1940 Stadium Scrapbook (Part 1 of 2), 4 Apr 1940 - 19 Jul 1940, Folder 555-035-01, Communications/Public Relations Records, New York Philharmonic Shelby White & Leon Levy Digital Archives.