Alexander Smallens


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(b St Petersburg, 1889; d Tucson, Arizona, 1972). Russ.-born conductor (Amer. cit. 1919). Taken to USA 1890. Ass. cond., Boston Opera House 1911–14; cond. Chicago Opera 1919–23, mus. dir. Philadelphia Civic Opera 1924–31. Ass. cond., Philadelphia Orch. 1927–34. Mus. dir. Radio City Music Hall, NY, 1947–50. Long assoc. with contemp. mus. Cond. f.p. Gershwin's Porgy and Bess (1935; also cond. revival 1942 and int. tour 1956).

From The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music in Oxford Reference.

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