22 April 2009

Il Passeggero

Among other notables aboard the RMS Queen Mary on this day in 1939 was Italian symphony conductor, Arturo Toscanini, along with his wife and their two grandchildren. At this time, the maestro was conducting the NBC Symphony Orchestra, created especially for him by David Sarnoff. Not only did it serve as the house orchestra for NBC, concerts conducted by Toscanini, as well as some of his peers, could be heard weekly on the radio between 1937 and 1954.

New York Daily News Archives

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