Philadelphia Orchestra audiences were reminded of what Leopold Stokowski's celebrated hands wrought when, earlier this year, Music Director Designate Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducted a four-concert Stokowski tribute at the theater where it all started a century ago - The Academy of Music.
It was 100 years ago thatÂ legendary conductor Leopold StokowskiÂ stepped onto the podium as music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra. WRTI's Susan Lewis considers the legacy of Stokowski, who is credited withÂ shaping the distinctive "PhiladelphiaÂ Sound."
David Patrick Stearns considers the great conductor Leopold Stokowski - the man, the music, and the myths - as The Philadelphia Orchestra prepares for its 100-year celebration of their famed music director.
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It was 100 years ago that Leopold Stokowski, a young, up-and-coming conductor, became the music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra - transforming the ensemble, practically overnight, into a world-class organization. In his 28 years in Philadelphia, Stokowski presented American premieres of countless works, and was responsible for many â€śfirstsâ€ť - from the first electrical recording, to the first commercially sponsored radio broadcast (1929), to the first series of concerts for children.Â