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Subject: ARCHIVE: September 13, 1977 ~Famed UK-born conductor Leopold Stokowski, considered one of 20th century's preeminent men of performance of classical music, many remember as silhouetted frontman orchestrating the soundtrack in Disney's FANTASIA, dies at 95 after long distinguished career. ...


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Date Posted: Thursday, September 13, 01:15:05pm


Leopold Anthony Stokowski
(18 April 1882 13 September 1977)


English conductor of Polish and Irish descent. One of the leading conductors of the early and mid-20th century, he is best known for his long association with the Philadelphia Orchestra and his appearance in the Disney film Fantasia. He was especially noted for his free-hand conducting style that spurned the traditional baton and for obtaining a characteristically sumptuous sound from the orchestras he directed.

Stokowski was music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the NBC Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony of the Air and many others. He was also the founder of the All-American Youth Orchestra, the New York City Symphony, the Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra and the American Symphony Orchestra.


...Stokowski conducted the music for and appeared in several Hollywood films, including Disney's Fantasia, and was a lifelong champion of contemporary composers, giving many premieres of new music during his 60-year conducting career. Stokowski, who made his official conducting debut in 1909, appeared in public for the last time in 1975 but continued making recordings until June 1977, a few months before his death at the age of 95.

Learn MORE of the brilliant conductor ...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leopold_Stokowski
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/4602/leopold-stokowski

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I remember a Bugs Bunny cartoon where Bugs pretended to be a famous conductor & the audience was whispering excitedly "Leopold! Leopold!".Thursday, September 13, 01:27:44pm


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