See also:American musician, was
See also:born in Esens, Germany, on the 11th of
See also:October 1835 . His early musical training was received chiefly from his
See also:father . At the age of five he made his first public appearance as a violinist . In 1845 he was taken to
See also:America by his parents, and became first
See also:violin in the orchestra that accompanied Jenny
See also:Lind in 1850, Sontag in 1852 and
See also:Grisi and Mario in 1854 . In 2862 he began to organize his own orchestra, and from 1864 to 1878 were performed a series of
See also:symphony concerts inaugurated by him in Irving
See also:Hall, which were regarded as one of the
See also:great musical institutions of New
See also:York City . His summer
See also:night" concerts begun in 1866 in Terrace
See also:Garden were continued in Central
See also:Park . From 1855 to 1868 he took
See also:part in a series of chamber
See also:music concerts in New York . In the latter
See also:year his orchestra made its first tour, and continued to give concerts in various American cities until it was disbanded in 1888 . To
See also:Thomas is largely due the popularization of Wagner's
See also:works in America, and it was he who founded the Wagner union in 1872 . During most of the seasons from 1877 to 1891 he was conductor of the New York Philharmonic Society, and from 1862 to 1891, of the
See also:Brooklyn Philharmonic Society . He was director of the
See also:College of Music (1878-1879), conductor of the American
See also:Company (1886-1887), and for more than
See also:thirty years (1873-1904) the conductor of the biennial May festivals at Cincinnati . In 1891 he removed to Chicago, and became the conductor of the Chicago Orchestra; in 1893 he was musical director of the Columbian Exposition .
He died on the 4th of
See also:January 1905 .
WILLIAM THOMAS (d. 1554)
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