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Lunch and Learn Series: How Toscanini Fought Hitler’s Persecution of the Jews

Date: Monday, January 22, 2018 at 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Location: Pavilion
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A multi-media presentation with conductor Cesare Civetta

Lauded by Verdi, Debussy, and other music legends, the celebrated conductor Arturo Toscanini raised the standards of orchestral and operatic performance over an astonishing 69 years on the podium. Toscanini was a vehement anti-Fascist who defied Mussolini and publicly opposed Hitler. Civetta will convey the story of Toscanini’s 1936 inauguration of what is now known as the Israel Philharmonic, in solidarity with Jewish refugee musicians. For his book, The Real Toscanini, Musicians Reveal the Maestro, Civetta interviewed 50 artists who worked with the maestro.

The program, How Toscanini Fought Hitler’s Persecution of the Jews, features rare photos, recordings of rehearsals, and historical footage of Toscanini conducting.

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