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Chicago Orchestra Parcels Plans to Here German Conductor After Protests by U.S. Musicians

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, which was reported have hired Wilhelm Furtwaengler as its principal conductor for the 1949 season, has ##ncelled its plans following protests by leading concert artists and conductors who #reatened to boycott the Orchestra if Furtwaengler became its leader.The musicians, who opposed the German conductor because he remained in Germany ?ring the Nazi regime and conducted major German orchestras at whose concerts Hitler ?d other top Nazis occasionally appeared, include Vladimir Horowitz, Arthur Rubintein, Alexander Brailowsky, Lily Pons and Andre Kostelanetz.