Opening Concert

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14th Annual American Music Festival opening concert featuring:

Sonata for Piano and Percussion by Peggy Glanville-Hicks
Music for Woodwinds by Arthur Berger and Ivan Langstroth
Suite for Piano by Douglas Moore
Concerto for Trombone, Oboe and Strings by Sam Raphling
Songs by Aaron Copland, John Duke, Paul Nordoff and Richard Hageman
Quartet by Benjamin Lees

Performers include:
Maxim Schapiro, piano
Eldin Baily [Elden Bailey?], Phil Kraus, Walter Rosenberger, Al Howard, percussionists
David Glazer, clarinetist
William Arrowsmith and Elden Gatwood [Eldon?], oboists
John and Mildred Hunt Wummer, flutists
Davis Schuman, trombonist
Valarie Lamoree, soprano
Israeli Quartet
Carlos Surinach and Harold Glick, conductors

Begins with introduction by Seymour Siegel asking for listeners to write in with their opinions of the station.

After Sonata for Piano and Percussion, Mayor Siegel introduces Wallingford Riegger of the American Composers Alliance, who presents Mayor Impellitteri with an award from the Alliance for the work of WNYC. Impellitteri continues to discuss specific American Music Festival programming and the municipal sector's dedication to music education. Thanks Siegel and WNYC staff for their imagination, planning and many hours of hard work in making the festival possible.

After Suite for Piano, a pause for an intermission and news bulletins: CIO transport union requests reopening of Memorandum of Understanding with Board of Transportation; (extended silence) death of former Governor of Arizona, Ralph Cameron; decline in the flu outbreak; actions of jets in Korea; Lester Pearson will resign as Canadian Foreign Secretary to become Secretary General of UN if offered; weather forecast.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 8514
Municipal archives id: LT7392