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Toscanini and Mussolini
Moderated by Harvey Sachs
Arturo Toscanini (1867-1957), the most celebrated conductor in history, was at various times music director of La Scala, the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, and the NBC Symphony Orchestra, and a star of the Bayreuth, Salzburg, and Lucerne music festivals. During the 1930s, he became a symbol of artists’ opposition to Fascism and Nazism in his native Italy and around the world.
Harvey Sachs, who has written the standard biography of Toscanini as well as a history, Music in Fascist Italy, will reveal why and how a fundamentally non-political musician stood his moral ground under the most trying circumstances.
Harvey Sachs is the author or co-author of ten books on music. He has written for the New Yorker, New York Times, and dozens of other publications and is a recipient of fellowships and/or grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers (New York Public Library), and Canada Council. He is on the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.