Odyssey: Toscanini, Legends and Myths

Last year marked the 150th anniversary of the birth of Arturo Toscanini. Arguably one of the most important and influential conductors of the 20th century. An intensely private man, he rarely granted interviews and yet more books have been written about him than about any other conductor. This course will follow the career of this giant of a musician. His photographic memory, legendary temper, and the myths about not promoting new music will be discussed. We will also look into his efforts to raise money during World War II. Also examined will be his association with the Metropolitan Opera in New York, his lifelong association with La Scala in Milan, his first recordings with that orchestra, his years as music director of the New York Philharmonic, and finally his 17-year affiliation with the NBC Symphony. Examples of his many recordings and television broadcasts will be presented.

912.564.01 Homewood campus Mondays, April 2-23, 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. Cost: $99

JHU full-time faculty/staff are eligible for 80 percent tuition remission. You will be unable to register online and receive the discount. Contact 410-516-8516 for more information.