Music: The Hurok Legacy

An impresario, the late Sol Hurok used to say, "is a man who discovers talent, who promotes it, who presents it, and who puts up the money and takes the risk." In Hurok's case, the impresario was also a man who changed and enriched the taste of a people and persuaded nations to become cultural friends. For more than 50 years he brought to the U.S. the performing geniuses of his native Russia: Pavlova, Chaliapin, Oistrakh, Ulanova. His proudest accomplishment? "Bringing ballet to America and the American public to ballet."

Although he was in...

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