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(b New York, NY, Nov 22, 1857; d Los Angeles, CA, Aug 23, 1956). American arts patron and pianist. She exhibited precocious talent at the piano as a young girl and traveled to Frankfurt, Germany, in 1880 for formal musical instruction. There she became the student of a brilliant, young American, ...

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Gary Galván

(b New York, NY, Dec 25, 1867; d New York, NY, Oct 17, 1959). American banker and music patron. Naumburg’s father, Elkan, came to the United States in his late teens and established a successful clothing company. Reportedly the son of a cantor, the elder Naumburg was himself an amateur musician and hosted weekly chamber music performances attended by important figures such as Leopold Damrosch, Theodore Thomas, and Marcella Sembrich. The Damrosch Oratorio Society of New York was conceived in his home. Thus, Walter Naumburg grew up in a musical environment; he began studying the cello at eight years of age. While a student at Harvard, Naumburg regularly performed in the Pierian Sodality orchestra; he graduated ...

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Gary Galván

(b Madera, CA, March 15, 1895; d New York, NY, Jan 24, 1971). American concert pianist and philanthropist. The daughter of merchant William Baird and music teacher Mina A. Smith, she studied with Morton Mason and made her debut on stage in 1903...

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Barbara Haws

(b Mamaroneck, NY, July 3, 1863; d New York, NY, June 16, 1913). American philanthropist and arts patron. In 1908, Sheldon led a group, Guarantors of the Fund for the Permanent Orchestra of the Philharmonic Society of New York, whose goal was to rebuild the ...

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Gary Galván

(b Corning, NY, Sept 11, 1902; d Greenwich, CT, Dec 10, 1993). American singer and music philanthropist. As an heiress to the Corning Glass fortune and daughter of the New York State senator William J. Tully, Alice Tully enjoyed a life of privilege and culture. She studied voice with Carolyn Torabotti in New York before moving to Paris in ...

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Gary Galván

(b Hamburg, Germany, Jan 14, 1871; d New York, NY, Oct 20, 1937). Banker and philanthropist of German birth. Hailing from a German-Jewish banking dynasty with noted accomplishments in art, music, pharmacology, philanthropy, and physics, Warburg was educated in Hamburg and immigrated to the United States in ...

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(b Bellevue, NE, Oct 7, 1867; d Washington, DC, June 29, 1965). American philanthropist. She was the daughter of Henry Tefft Clarke, a railroad builder, Pony Express operator, farmer, merchant, and the first Master Mason in Nebraska. Educated by private tutors, she later studied at the Sorbonne and traveled throughout Europe and South America. In ...

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Bonnie Elizabeth Fleming

(b Chicago, IL, June 2, 1921; d Beverly Hills, CA, Jan 3, 2009). American philanthropist and photographer. Her tireless and joy-filled efforts to promote 20th-century music enabled the creation of many remarkable works. She grew up in Brooklyn and New Rochelle, New York, and eventually graduated from Wellesley College with degrees in English and Music, with an emphasis on piano performance. During the 1960s, contemporary American art captured Freeman’s imagination, leading her to collect abstract expressionistic works and write books on the artists Clyfford Still and Sam Francis. Her interest in art led to her involvement with American music. She was asked by art collecting acquaintances to contribute to the legal defense fund of ...

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Gary Galván

(b Kitzingen, Bavaria, Germany, Sept 28, 1906; d Chicago, IL, July 4, 1987). American wine merchant, writer on music, and philanthropist of German birth. Born into a family of vintners, Paul Fromm took music lessons and played four-hand piano duets with his brother, composer Herbert Fromm (...

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Daniel Jay Grimminger

(b Mannheim, Germany, Feb 21, 1867; d New York, NY, March 29, 1934). Banker and music patron of German birth. Unlike his brother, Robert Kahn, who became a concert pianist, composer, and professor at the Berlin Hochschule für Musik, Otto Kahn found his niche in the more lucrative profession of finance. After working in London from ...