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October 11
1727 - Four of Handel's Coronation Anthems premiered for the coronation of George II and Queen Caroline. One, Zadok the Priest, is performed at all future coronations.

1788 - Simon Sechter, Viennese composer, was born in Bohemia.

1830 - Premiere of Chopin's E-minor Piano Concerto, composer at the piano.

1837 - Samuel Wesley, English composer, died. 

1882 - R. Nathaniel Dett, US composer, was born.

1894 - Albert Stoessel, US composer, violinist and conductor  was born.

1896 - Anton Bruckner, Austrian composer, died in Vienna.

1912 - Leopold Stokowski conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra for the first time.

1947 - Premiere of Serge Prokofiev's Symphony No 6
1948 - Singer Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates was born in Philadelphia, PA.

1960 - Aretha Franklin made her New York debut as a pop singer

1965 - The Beatles released the single, Roll Over Beethoven.

1985 - Premiere of John Harbison's String Quartet No. 1. Cleveland Quartet at Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C.

2003 - Premiere of McCabe's Les Martinets Noir Concerto for two violins and string orchestra. Candida Thompson and  Jacobien Rozemond  with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta in Arnhem, Netherlands.
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Isaac Stern made his New York City debut October 11, 1927.

Stern was born in the USSR, July 21, 1920. At 1, his family moved to San Francisco. At 7 he started piano, at 9 violin. He studied with Robert Pollack, Louis  Persinger.
Isaac Stern
1920 - 2001
After Persinger Stern began studies with Naoum Blinder, his one 'true teacher'. "He taught me how to learn by myself, which is the most important thing a teacher can teach you."

At 15 he and Blinder played Bach's Double Concerto, in 1936 the Brahms with San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, and the Tchaikovsky in L.A. under Klemperer. In 1943 he played Carnegie Hall, made his first recordings in 1945, and doubled violin parts for John Garfield in Humoresque in 1946. 

Stern was among the first US artists to tour the USSR. He refused tot play in Germany due to Nazi atrocities. He kept strong ties with Israel and Israeli-American groups. He mentored virtuosi like
Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman and Shlomo Mintz.
In the 1946 film Humoresque actor John Garfield "plays" the violin, in spite of the fact that in real life he could not play. Can You Guess how they filmed him playing?

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Stern was music director for the National Council for the Arts, Chairman of Carnegie Hall and an originating member of the National Endowment for the Arts.  Among works composed for Stern are William Schuman's Concerto in 1950 and Leonard Bernstein's Serenade in 1954.

Stern premiered violin works by Bernstein, Penderecki, Rochberg, Schuman, Dutilleux and Peter Maxwell Davies; gave the first American performances of works by Bartók and Hindemith.  But not only did he premiere them, with the exception of the Schuman, recorded all of these works.
In 1979 Isaac Stern accepted an invitation from the Chinese government to visit China as an official guest.  Mr. Stern and his family spent one month traveling through China learning about the country and meeting the Chinese people, "first as musicians then as friends."  He met with musicians from all over China. He held master classes, visited schools, coached young people, and worked with orchestras and gave public performances. Wherever he went, he was received with great warmth and enthusiasm.  The film about that trip, From Mao to Mozart, won an Academy Award.
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Two professional violinists acted as Garfield's hands.  One bowed, the other fingered the violin.  The actual playing was done by Isaac Stern.
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