I was born in Milan Italy in 1928. I did not see my grandfather conduct until 1936 in Salzburg where he directed four operas Falstaff, Die Meistersinger, The Magic Flute and Fidelio. I had the run of backstage and the hall for the rehearsals and performances and became a lifelong opera lover.
Leaving Italy with my family in 1938, we came to New York where grandfather was starting his second season with the NBC Symphony Orchestra. The weekly concerts and rehearsals in Studio 8H were the highlights for the entire family, around which all our schedules were arranged.
In 1938 my father gave me an RCA AM radio which was on constantly until 1948 when I left for college. I learned English and all about America by listening to the news, the soap operas, jazz, pop music, gospel and country music, drama and comedy from stations as far away as Chicago.
From Yale it was possible for me to play a soccer game Saturday morning, shower and drive to Riverdale and join the family in the trip to Carnegie Hall. I preferred to sit in the control room where I could see grandfather directing the musicians as the home audiences were able to do when the concerts were televised. In 1950 I was invited to join the NBC Orchestra Tour and attended concerts in Texas, California, Oregon Washington and Colorado. Never before had I realized the physical strength and endurance that grandfather possessed and which made his long career possible.
Although I studied the piano, I have no facility in performing, but appreciate performances that stir my emotions. As my father did before me I try to keep the recordings of Arturo Toscanini available to the public with the best sound possible, so that my children and grandchildren can also enjoy the divine conviction that made these interpretations unique.
As I retire from a lifelong career in Architecture, my hope is that this new venture of communication will allow me to interact with the public that shares an interest in music.
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