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Radio Maestro: Toscanini and NBC Symphony Orchestra

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The Vincent Astor Gallery, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

111 Amsterdam Ave

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An astonishing 23,000 people requested tickets for the live-taping of Arturo Toscanini’s inaugural radio concert conducting the newly founded NBC Symphony Orchestra. On December 25, 1937, performances of Mozart’s “Great G Minor Symphony” and Brahms’ Symphony no. 1 were broadcast live from studio 8H into millions of households, uplifting a nation still struggling through the Great Depression. The library draws a sonic portrait of Christmas Day, 1937, with a presentation of Toscanini’s first NBC broadcast and other radio recordings from the time.


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