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Toscanini’s American Anthems


Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 7 p.m.
Free with Required Reservation
Free General Admission Ticket
Supported by Time Warner

On December 13, 1941, in their first broadcast after the tragic bombing of Pearl Harbor, Toscanini and the NBC Symphony Orchestra presented a commemorative program of American music, including Barber’s mournful Adagio for Strings, Dvorak’s “New World Symphony,” and Toscanini’s own rousing arrangement of “The Star Spangled Banner.” Listen to America in the wake of the Pearl Harbor attack, with a radio collage featuring the December 13th NBC Symphony Orchestra broadcast, plus excerpts from the Bell Telephone Hour of December 8, 1941, remarks by President Roosevelt, and other archival recordings.

Reserve your general admission seat HERE starting November 13, 2017.

Postcard depicting Arturo Toscanini conducting the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Postcard depicting Arturo Toscanini conducting the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra


Samuel Barber (1910-1981), Adagio for Strings (1938).

Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904), Symphony No. 9 in E minor, "From the New World", Op. 95, B. 178 (1893).

I. Adagio, Allego molto,

II. Largo,

III. Scherzo: Molto vivace - Poco sostenuto,

IV. Allegro con fuoco.

Arturo Toscanini (1865-1957), Star Spangled Banner, arr. (1941).

(If you need assistance with online reservations, please visit the welcome desk at the Library for the Performing Arts' Lincoln Center Plaza entrance, where volunteers will make a reservation for you, even if you do not use email. For free events, The Library generally overbooks to ensure a full house. All registered seats are released 15 minutes before start time, so we recommend that you arrive early.)

This event takes place in the Library for the Performing Arts' Cafe, on the first floor, Lincoln Center plaza level.  Enter via the Cafe entrance by ascending the stairs at the corner of Amsterdam Ave. and West 65th St.  Mobility impaired people may enter via 111 Amsterdam Ave.

This program is supported by

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Recommended Reading/Listening/Viewing:

1. Arturo Toscanini : the NBC years

2. The letters of Arturo Toscanini

3. Toscanini, the maestro