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Koussevitzky 150

Serge Koussevitzky: Champion of American Music

For the 150th anniversary of legendary Boston Symphony Orchestra music director Serge Koussevitzky’s birth, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Tanglewood celebrate his wide-ranging legacy as a conductor, double bassist, composer, and visionary educator through performances, talks, and exhibits. 

Among his other accomplishments, Koussevitzky’s advocacy of American music while at the helm of the BSO was unsurpassed by any other prominent conductor. Serge Koussevitzky: Champion of American Music explores the conductor’s commitment to the music and musicians of his adoptive country in light of his lifelong passion for maintaining and revitalizing the orchestral repertoire. 

This film is made possible through the generous support from the Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress and the Library of Congress Music Division.

Serge Koussevitzky Reading Score

 Serge Koussevitzky holding a Boston Symphony Orchestra conductor's score of an American composer's work; undated. Photographer unknown, courtesy of Library of Congress.

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Koussevitzky 150

This story was created as part of the Koussevitzky 150 celebrations at Tanglewood, celebrating the 150th anniversary of Serge Koussevitzky's birth and the 100th anniversary of his appointment as the BSO's first Music Director.

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Leonard Bernstein and Lukas Foss stand on either side of Serge Koussevitzky as he cuts his birthday cake at Tanglewood ca 1946