The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra makes its Carnegie Hall debut on March 1 with conductor Herbert von Karajan.
Wilhelm Furtwängler had been originally slated to conduct the orchestra on its 1955 American tour, but died of pneumonia in November. Karajan was named his successor-designate, and after the tour, was appointed artistic director and principal conductor of the orchestra, a post he retained until his death in 1989.
Karajan conducted nearly 50 concerts at Carnegie Hall, not only with the Berlin Philharmonic, but also with the New York Philharmonic and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, which he led on his final Carnegie Hall appearance on February 28, 1989, less than five months before his death.
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