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American Friends of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Benefit Concert by the RCO Brass and NYPO Brass Riverside Church, New York City 29 April 2009

Vacchiano and Voisin – the DiMiaggio and Williams of the Orchestras: Stories and Personal Recollections

by Edmund S. Phelps

Courtesy of the New York Philharmonic Archives

Courtesy of the Boston Symphony Orchestra

As a schoolboy growing up between 1939 and 1951 in Hastings-on-Hudson, a commuter town some 20 miles up the river from New York City, I was a baseball fan and, living almost in the shadow of Yankee Stadium, a Yankee fan. My baseball hero was Joe DiMaggio, whose huge, powerful swing at the plate and elegant command of center field were legendary.1 Yet in those years I also followed the Yankees’ traditional

1DiMaggio was a three-time Most Valuable Player winner and 13-time All-Star player, the only player to be selected for the All-Star Game in every season he played. At his retirement, he had the fifth-most career home runs (361) and sixth-highest slugging percentage (.579) in history. His 56-game hitting streak (May 15–July 16, 1941) has never been equaled. A 1969 poll conducted to coincide with the centennial of professional baseball voted him the sport's greatest still living player. (Wikipedia, 4/13/2009)

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