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"And the way the last movement’s soprano soloist, Chen Reiss, appeared as if from nowhere, high at the rear, statuesque and golden, to convey the child’s view of heaven was the best solution to the finale’s logistical problem I’ve come across. The answer is, clearly, do it by sheer magic. And she sang the part beautifully, with purest tuning and, as Mahler required, without parody."

Kes served as the orchestra's chief conductor from its 1888 founding to 1895. In 1895, Willem Mengelberg became chief conductor and remained in this position for fifty years, an unusually long tenure for a music director. [2] He is generally regarded as having brought the orchestra to a level of major international significance, with a particular championing of such then-contemporary composers as Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss .

A leading lady of the 1940s, the tall and blonde Foch usually played cool, aloof and often foreign, women of sophistication. As film roles became harder to find, Foch proved to be versatile in many areas. She was a panelist on several TV quiz shows, worked as George Stevens ' assistant director for The Diary of Anne Frank (1959) and directed plays. Since the 1960s, she has been an acting teacher for USC and the American Film Institute.


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