CES: Salvemini Colloquium in Italian History and Culture — Toscanini: Musician of Conscience


Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 5:30pm to 7:00pm


Adolphus Busch Hall, Lower Level Conference Room, 27 Kirkland Street, Cambridge, MA
  • Harvey Sachs – Writer and Music Historian; Faculty Member, Curtis Institute of Music
  • Chair Charles Maier – Leverett Saltonstall Professor of History, Harvard University; Resident Faculty , CES, Harvard University; Director (1994-2001), CES, Harvard University
  • Welcome Remarks by Nicola De Santis – Consul General of Italy in Boston

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.


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 annual lecture 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. This year marks the 60th anniversary of Gaetano Salvemini's death.

A reception will follow the lecture from 7-8 p.m. in the CES Atrium.