BLACK, Jessica Catherine

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The New York Philharmonic behind the Iron Curtain: goodwill tour or Cold War propaganda?

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In 1959, the New York Philharmonic embarked on its longest and most ambitious venture to date: a ten-week tour of the Soviet Union and Europe. At the height of Cold War hostilities, Leonard Bernstein led the orchestra abroad under the sponsorship of President Eisenhower’s Special International Program for Cultural Presentations. US-Soviet cultural exchanges had been occurring since the early 1950s to bring about mutual understanding and benefit amid the tensions of the Cold War...

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