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Philadelphians were dumbfounded by Stokowski’s satire. Some applauded. Some hissed. Forty odd first-row patrons walked out. ”20 Stokowski’s involvement in Philadelphia reached all the way to its children. In 1921, he established a series of children’s concerts that became so popular that rules had to be implemented to limit the number of adults allowed in. After several grown-up couples were caught trying to sneak in, the men wearing short pants and the women patent leather Mary Janes, it was ruled that all adults had to be accompanied by children.
During the time she studied with Florence before they departed for the Roxy, she had had an unofficial introduction to that department and its brilliant leader, Carlos Salzedo. As Salzedo’s assistant at Curtis, Florence had managed to sneak Edna in “through the back door” to observe classes. indd 10 10/22/12 8:55 AM In the Lions’ Den Still, even though Edna had sat in on those classes and had played for six weeks in the Roxy orchestra, she knew she wasn’t prepared to meet the rigorous standards of the prestigious conservatory, which accepted only the most superior students.
No, it is enough,” Stokowski said as he left the room, thanking Phillips for her playing and Lawrence for her hospitality, but speaking in a quiet, distracted way almost as if he was talking to himself.