Program for September 25, 1945 Benefit Concert

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CMS 003, Box 46

This is a letter by Mrs. Carl P. Doelger, Jr. President of the Italian Welfare League, announcing to their members that there is an upcoming Benefit Concert conducted by Arturo Toscanini. Toscanini “generously” offered to conduct for this Benefit Concert to help the Italian Welfare League to raise money for the God Parents for the Italian War Orphans Committee, a committee part of the IWL.

Announcement states:

“Dear Member:

It is with great pride and joy that I am writing to you to tell you about the generous and gracious offer to you to tell you about the generous and gracious offer of Maestro Toscanini

He will conduct Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on Tuesday evening, September 25th, at Carnegie Hall.

The tickets are priced as follows: (tax included)

Boxes: seating 8: 1st Tier-$240.00

  2nd “    $120.00

Parquet: $15.00 and $12.00

Dress Circle: $9.00 and $6.00

Balcony: $4.20 ; $3.60; and $2.40

 

The entire proceeds of the concert will be given to the God Parents for Italian War Orphans Committee of the Italian Welfare League, Inc.

I know that if at all possible, you will want to be with us that evening so that we may fittingly show our gratitude to the Maestro and our heartfelt interest in this humanitarian cause, the survival of the Italian children, the only hope for the future of Italy.

Thanking you for your interest at all times.

Sincerely yours

Mrs. Carl P. Doelger, Jr.

President”

This artifact is a perfect example of how generous of a man Toscanini was and how he became so beloved for the Italian Welfare League. At this point in his career, Toscanini conducting was a must-see for many music lovers. This was also an opportunity for Beethoven fans to come and listen to the well-known Ninth Symphony, orchestrated by one of the most talented conductors in the 20th century.

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