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Making Music Matter: April 15

A Symposium, Exhibition and Concert Celebrate the Life of Stokowski

Commemorating the transfer of the Leopold Stokowski Collection from The Curtis Institute of Music to the Penn Library, The Friends of the Library and Penn's Music Department will honor the legendary conductor with a triumvirate of activities on April 15. It is a celebration of his contributions to music in the first half of the century; Stokowski conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra from 1912 to 1938 and, among other accomplishments, worked with Disney to create Fantasia.

The event, Leopold Stokowski: Making Music Matter, starts with an afternoon symposium, from 3 to 5 p.m. in 200 College Hall, followed by an exhibition opening of items from the Leopold Stokowski Collection and closes with a concert featuring Stokowski's well-known transcriptions, performed by Penn's Symphony Orchestra.

Bernard Jacobson, former program annotator and musicologist for the Philadelphia Orchestra, will deliver the symposium's keynote address, Leopold Stokowski: Magician in a Materialist World. A panel discussion will follow featuring former Philadelphia Orchestra musicians Mason Jones, Sol Schoenbach, and John de Lancie who played under Stokowski; record producer Howard Scott; and Stewart Warkow, the former general manager of the American Symphony Orchestra.

The opening will follow at 5:15 p.m. in the Van Pelt Library's Kamin Gallery, and will feature items from the Leopold Stokowski Collection. The exhibition continues through June 26. The Symphony Orchestra will cap the celebration with a multimedia concert performance of Stokowski transcriptions and film clips at 8 p.m. in the Annenberg Center's Zellerbach Theatre.

Accompanying these events is an online exhibition of the Leopold Stokowski Collection, featuring biographical information, photographs, recordings and other articles from the collection at

The events are free and open to the public, but reservations are required for the concert.To RSVP, call the Friends of the Library, 800-390-1829, or e-mail

Almanac, Vol. 44, No. 28, April 7, 1998