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EUGENE ORMANDY - AUTOGRAPH 5/1961 - HFSID 29522

EUGENE ORMANDY Index card signed by conductor Eugene Ormandy in 1961. Accompanied by mailing envelope. Signature: "Eugene Ormandy/May - 1961". 5x3 card, mounted to a same-sheet of heavier cardstock. Lightly toned and soiled, otherwise in fine condition. Accompanied by: Unsigned mailing envelope from New York Philharmonic stationery.

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EUGENE ORMANDY
Index card signed by conductor Eugene Ormandy in 1961. Accompanied by mailing envelope.
Signature: "Eugene Ormandy/May - 1961". 5x3 card, mounted to a same-sheet of heavier cardstock. Lightly toned and soiled, otherwise in fine condition. Accompanied by: Unsigned mailing envelope from New York Philharmonic stationery. 6¼x3½. Postmarked New York City, April 27, 1957. Addressed to Mr. Jack F. Cass, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Prepaid 5¢ envelope. Lightly toned and soiled. Mounting remnant on verso (no show-through). Envelope is sealed and empty. Otherwise in fine condition. Renowned as the Conductor of the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra for an unprecedented 44 years, Ormandy (1899-1985), born Eugene Ormandy in Budapest, Austria-Hungary, now Hungary, had begun his musical career as a violinist. After making his U. S. concert debut in 1924, he joined CBS, becoming one of radio's first important conductors. In 1931, Ormandy was asked to replace Arturo Toscanini, who was scheduled to make a guest appearance with the Philadelphia Symphony but had taken ill. Ormandy became an overnight sensation following his performance. He was named Associate Conductor of the Symphony in 1936 and permanent Conductor in 1938. Under his direction, the Philadelphia Symphony became the first U. S. symphony to perform in the People's Republic of China. For his contributions to American music, Ormandy was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1970 and was a Kennedy Center honoree in 1982. He retired as Conductor Emeritus in 1980, five years before his death.

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