Music: Man from Minneapolis

Long after their ruckus with temperamental Artur Rodzinski (TIME, Feb. 17, 1947), the directors of the New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra seemed unwilling to give full-conductor powers to anybody else. Staggered by guest conductors and triumvirates, the U.S.'s oldest (108 years) and once finest orchestra lost much of its poise and polish. Last spring the directors finally overcame their hesitation, picked Minneapolis' Greek-born Dimitri Mitropoulos, who shared the season with Leopold Stokowski last year.

At the Philharmonic's first fall concert in Carnegie Hall last week, traditional opening gun of the Manhattan music season, Philharmonic fans greeted their new conductor with a heart-warming welcome.


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