Why Serge Koussevitzky Still Matters

The European maestro who championed America

By Colin Eatock


On September 12, 1924, the Aquitania arrived in New York Harbor. Among the three thousand passengers was a Russian man, who, like many others who walked down the gangplank that day, had never seen America before. But Americans had heard of him, and a throng of journalists was on hand to report on his arrival. He was the celebrated
conductor Serge Koussevitzky, already famous for his concerts in Russia and France...

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