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    					  Phillippe Flon 
				     Table of Contents     					  Alfred Hertz

The Mapleson Cylinders - Program Notes

- Artists
- The Artists -- with an index to their Mapleson recordings
- Nahan Franko

Nahan Franko


(1861-1930), American violinist and conductor from New Orleans, made his debut in 1869 at Steinway Hall, and subsequently toured with Adelina Patti as a child prodigy. After studying with Joachim and Wilhelmj in Berlin, he returned home and played with various orchestras, becoming concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in 1883, a position he retained until 1907. On November 30, 1904, he made his debut as conductor with the company, leading Le Nozze di Figaro -- the first native-born American to conduct with the company. Other works Franko conducted were Roméo, Faust, Zigeunerbaron, Fledermaus, H[amacr ]nsel und Gretel, Trovatore, Don Giovanni, and two ballets, Coppélia and Bayer's Puppenfee, as well as numerous Sunday-evening concerts. As third conductor and concertmaster in 1904-05, he was paid $4045. Beginning in 1908, he led open-air concerts in Central Park, and he celebrated his golden jubilee with a concert at the Hippodrome.

Delibes: Coppélia: Side 4/Band 13

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    					  Phillippe Flon 
				     Table of Contents     					  Alfred Hertz