Why Serge Koussevitzky Still Matters

The European maestro who championed America

By Colin Eatock

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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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