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A TALE OF TWO ORCHESTRAS–The New York Philharmonic and The Boston Symphony

All Day, Jan 8, 2020


Mark Kroll
The rivalry between Boston and New York began long before “The Curse of the Bambino,”the baseball legend created when the Red Sox sold Babe Ruth to the Yankees in 1919. In music, the New York Philharmonic and Boston Symphony have often claimed bragging rights as the greatest of America’s “Big Five” orchestras (the others are Chicago, Philadelphia, and Cleveland). They are certainly the oldest and most venerable. The Philharmonic, founded in 1842, can boast about conductors such as Mahler, Tchaikovsky, Richard Strauss, Toscanini and Leonard Bernstein. The Boston Symphony played its first notes in 1881, premiered some of the most important works of the twentieth century, and was led by an equally distinguished roster of maestros, including Sir George Henschel, Arthur Nikisch, Serge Koussevitzky, Seiji Ozawa and James Levine. In this course we will learn about the histories of each orchestra, including some “inside” gossip, listen to their recordings from the 1920s to the present, and perhaps reach our own conclusions about which is number one.

Cost: $40 – $45

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