Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Beethoven's Ninth Symphony Concert - May 10, 2011

One of the greatest symphonies ever composed. The Maestro was taken to Carnegie Hall to a live performance at the age of 10: Arturo Toscanini, one of the conducting giants of the 19th and 20th centuries, conducted the NBC Symphony Orchestra. You can see part of the performance on YouTube (click). Incredible to think that during those years, 1948-1952 NBC was presenting great concerts on TV regularly. He in turn took his sons when they were about the same age to a legendary performance of Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with Sir Georg Solti conducting the Chicago Symphony with four magnificent soloists, including a young, unknown tenor named Luciano Pavarotti! The maestro hopes that some kids who like classical music will come to his performance of Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in Mashpee, MA and remember it as well.

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