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Hurok

Hurok

[hyoor-ok or, often, yoor-]
Hurok, Sol, 1888-1974, American impresario, b. Russia. Emigrating to the United States in 1906, Hurok was a peddler, streetcar conductor, bottlewasher, and hardware salesman before becoming the foremost impresario of his age. By his own estimation, he presented more than 4,000 artists and companies, among them Pavlova, Marian Anderson, the Comédie Française, the Old Vic Company, the Royal Ballet, Andrés Segovia, Jean-Louis Barrault, and Victoria de los Angeles. The film Tonight We Sing (1953) was based on his autobiography, Impresario (1946).

See biography by H. Robinson (1994).

(born April 9, 1888, Pogar, near Kharkov, Russia—died March 5, 1974, New York, N.Y., U.S.) Russian-born U.S. impresario. He went to the U.S. in 1905 and in 1913 inaugurated the concert series Music for the Masses, which led to his representing many famous eastern European artists when they toured abroad, including Feodor Chaliapin, Mischa Elman, Anna Pavlova, and Artur Rubinstein.

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(born April 9, 1888, Pogar, near Kharkov, Russia—died March 5, 1974, New York, N.Y., U.S.) Russian-born U.S. impresario. He went to the U.S. in 1905 and in 1913 inaugurated the concert series Music for the Masses, which led to his representing many famous eastern European artists when they toured abroad, including Feodor Chaliapin, Mischa Elman, Anna Pavlova, and Artur Rubinstein.

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