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This Day In Music: In 1922, The New York Philharmonic is on the Air

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Classicalalmanac.com reports that on this day in 1922 a The New York Philharmonic concert was broadcast for the first time.

The program was on WJZ and the venue was Lewisohn Stadium, which was on the campus of The City College of New York. Works were by Dvorák, Saint-Saens, Mendelssohn, Rimksy-Korsakov, Brahms and Gluck. The conductor was Willem van Hoogstraten.

The item doesn’t say what pieces were performed. Above, the orchestra, with Sarah Chang on violin, performs Mendelssohn “Violin Concerto, Movement 2.” The image of somebody turning knobs on a box and somehow hearing music, a ball game, news or anything else — especially for people in the middle of nowhere — still is striking, even all these years later.

(Homepage photo: Morgueguinne)

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