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1941 Stadium Scrapbook (Part 1 of 3), Apr 8, 1941 - Jul 1, 1941

- Minnie Guggenheimer announces plans for the 1941 season of outdoor concerts - A guarantee fund of 75,000 dollars is needed to ensure the concerts - The Concert Committee of Stadium Concerts has Mayor LaGuardia and Samuel A. Lewisohn as honorary chairmen - The seven engaged conductors include: Artur Rodzinski, Reginald Stewart, Eugene Goossens, Hans Wilhelm Steinberg, Peter Herman Adler, Efrem Kurtz, and Alexander Smallens - U.S. servicemen and women attend Stadium Concerts for free - Fritz Kreisler is hit by a truck and fracctures his skull while crossing against the light on Madison Ave - Rodzinski opens the twenty-fourth Stadium season with an all-Tchaikovsky program - US premiere of Arthur Benjamin's "Cotillon" - The Carnegie Corporation of New York approves a 5,000 dollar grant to improve the sound system at Lewisohn Stadium - Opening night at the stadium sets a new record for attendence with over 23,000, not including 2,000 who had to be turned away at the door - Crowds, unable to enter Lewisohn Stadium, protest with improvised chants - Pre-season concert, conducted by Mitropoulos, is given at Lewisohn Stadium to help raise money for a series of concerts to be given in parks and playgrounds of "musically underprivileged" sections of the city; Sponsored by Mayor LaGuardia and the Local 802 - New York concert premiere of Aaron Copland's suite from "Billy the Kid" - Paul Robeson is the featured soloist on a program conducted by Hugh Ross, with support form the voices of the Schola Cantorum and the Eva Jessye Chorus - Smallens presents two novelties: the New York premiere of Britten's Soirées Musicales, and the American premiere of "Iniciacion" from Pedro Sanjuan's Liturgia Negra - Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo give the first ballet performance of the stadium season - Highlighting Jewish participation in the Stadium concerts in The American Hebrew magazine - Rain threatens to cancel the concert, but 4,000 attend to see Mischa Elman as soloist on Eugene Goossen's opening program - Veronica Mimosa, pianist and child prodigy, makes her debut at the Stadium Concerts - Article in the New York Times by Eugene Goossens on American composers
Project Funder
  • Leon Levy Foundation
Preferred Citation
1941 Stadium Scrapbook (Part 1 of 3), 8 Apr 1941 - 1 Jul 1941, Folder 555-038-01, Communications/Public Relations Records, New York Philharmonic Shelby White & Leon Levy Digital Archives.