On Jan. 2 Legendary Conductor Arturo Toscanini was inducted into the Carnegie Hall Digital Hall of Fame.
The conductor made his Carnegie Hall debut with the La Scala Orchestra on January 3, 1921 and went on to conduct at Carnegie Hall more than 400 times over 33 year . He performed regularly with the New York Philharmonic after 1926 when he excited audiences and thereafter he was appointed co-music director the following season. Toscanini, who was known as a tyrant with the orchestra, remained with the New York Philharmonic until 1936.
In 1937 he became the music director of the NBC Symphony Orchestra, which had been created for him. Toscanini performed with the NBC Symphony at Carnegie Hall until the maestro’s last appearance before he retired in 1954.His final concert at the famed hall was an all Wagner program that included music from the composers’ “Tanhausser,” “Siegfried,” and “Lohengrin.” The conductor was featured on numerous broadcasts that included some of the greatest performers of the time and was also noted for having recorded numerous on CD.
The Carnegie Hall Digital Hall of Fame was created in 2015 and was created to represents an annual celebration in which the hall recognizes individuals intrinsic to the founding and continued existence of the Hall and whose lives or careers were inextricably woven into the fabric of the Hall’s history. Among the performers that were inducted included Maria Callas, Jascha Heifetz, Marian Anderson, Antonin Dvorak, Frank Sinatra, and Judy Garland. Toscanini represented the last of the 2016 class.