A reception will follow the lecture from 7-8 p.m. in the CES Atrium.
Writer and music historian Harvey Sachs explores the legacy of Arturo Toscanini - the man who was, arguably, the most influential classical performing musician of the twentieth century. This lecture will be based on Sachs's recently published book, Toscanini: Musician of Conscience, a new biography that
replaces his 1978 biography of the famed Italian conductor. It is an account not only of Toscanini's work and its impact but also of his turbulent personal life and his principled stand against Fascism.
This annual lecture is named in honor of the Italian anti-fascist historian Gaetano Salvemini, who spent much of his career as a professor in the Harvard department of history. This year marks the 60th anniversary of Gaetano Salvemini's death. This event is co-sponsored with the Consulate General of Italy in Boston and aims to foster a spirit of intellectual inquiry into Italian history within the Harvard community and beyond.