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Marc Blitzstein 1941

Marc Blitzstein Historical Marker Dedication

Monday, June 12 at 11 am
419 Pine Street
FREE and open to the public

The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission in partnership with NMAJH and Curtis Institute of Music invites you to the dedication of a state historical marker commemorating composer Marc Blitzstein at 419 Pine Street. Notable music historians rank Blitzstein in league with contemporaries like Leonard Bernstein (for whom Blitzstein was a clear influence), Aaron Copland, and Virgil Thomson. We hope you will join us in helping to commemorate his legacy as one of Pennsylvania’s most important sons.

Reception to follow at Society Hill Synagogue, 418 Spruce Street

Related program
Later that evening at 7 pm, the Museum will mark the 80th anniversary of The Cradle Will Rock with a reading of Jason Sherman’s It’s All True in partnership with InterAct Theatre Company, a play about that production and its fabled opening night protest. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.



About Marc Blitzstein
Marcus Samuel Blitzstein was born to immigrant parents in Philadelphia in 1905.  His father Sam founded Blitzstein Bank, which enabled early 20th-century immigrants to Philadelphia to save money and arrange to purchase steamship tickets to bring their families to the US.  A piano prodigy, Marc made his professional debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra at 21 years old and studied composition at the Curtis Institute of Music. He developed an interest in socially conscious theater. He is known for the political opera The Cradle Will Rock – and its infamous premiere – and other famous pieces such as the Airborne Symphony (commissioned by the US Air Force and conducted by Leonard Bernstein in New York in 1946), and his adaptation of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s Threepenny Opera (originally produced in 1952 at Brandeis, under Bernstein).

To learn more about composer Marc Blitzstein, please visit the official website here.




Event type:Concerts & Performances, NMAJH in the Community
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