EUGENE ORMANDY - PROGRAM SIGNED CIRCA 1978 CO-SIGNED BY: STEVEN DE GROOTE - HFSID 294795
EUGENE ORMANDY and STEVEN DE GROOTE The conductor and featured pianist sign the program of a performance of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Program signed: "Eugene Ormandy", "Steven De Groote", 2 pages (front and verso), 8x11.
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EUGENE ORMANDY and STEVEN DE GROOTE
The conductor and featured pianist sign the program of a performance of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Program signed: "Eugene Ormandy", "Steven De Groote", 2 pages (front and verso), 8x11. Program for a commemorative concert of the Philadelphia Orchestra, celebrating the centennial of the School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, May 3, 1978, Ormandy conducting, De Groote the pianist. Conductor of the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra for an unprecedented 44 years, Eugene Ormandy (1899-1985), born 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. South African classical pianist Steven De Groote (1953-1989) had burst upon the classical music scene just before he signed this program, becoming the first person to win all three prizes - including the Grand Prize - at the Van Cliburn Competition (September 1977) and giving his debut Carnegie Hall recital on December 12 of that year. He was soon to embark on a tour as guest pianist with major orchestras around the world. In the 1980s he divided his time between performance and teaching, dying of AIDS at the end of that decade. Left edge frayed from binding. Toned at edges. Corners lightly creased. Minor notch at top edge. Otherwise, fine condition.
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