Insights at the Atrium: Toscanini 150: ‘The Maestro’ Lives on

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Insights at the Atrium: “Toscanini at 150: The Maestro Lives On”


David Rubenstein Atrium

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Mar, 2017

Tuesday, 7:30 PM

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Arturo Toscanini left an indelible mark on the New York Philharmonic, both musically and politically. Drawing on materials from the New York Philharmonic Archives and collections of Toscanini’s letters, writer, music historian, and former Leonard Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence Harvey Sachs surveys the New York Philharmonic milestones that defined Toscanini at the height of his career, in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the conductor’s birth, March 25, 1867.

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Harvey Sachs


Harvey Sachs


Harvey Sachs


From 2011 to 2013 Harvey Sachs was the Leonard Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence at the New York Philharmonic. He has published nine books — of which there are now almost 70 editions in 17 languages — including well-known biographies of Arturo Toscanini and Arthur Rubinstein, a history (Music in Fascist Italy), two collections of essays on musical subjects, and, as co-author, the memoirs of Plácido Domingo and Sir Georg Solti. He also compiled, edited, and translated The Letters of Arturo Toscanini (Knopf, 2002). His most recent book, The Ninth: Beethoven and the World in 1824, was published by Random House in 2010 and is currently being reissued in paperback. Mr. Sachs has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Times Literary Supplement (London), La Stampa (Italy), and numerous other newspapers and periodicals, as well as for radio and television networks including the BBC, CBC, PBS, and RAI. He is on the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, has lectured at many important North American and European universities and cultural institutions, and has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a fellow of the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, and a fellowship recipient from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Mr. Sachs is the former artistic director of Italy’s prestigious concert organization Società del Quartetto di Milano.

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