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The National Music of America. 307
great orchestra may some day go to Europe, that the Old World may be taught to realise what a standard of musical interpretation has been attained in America.
Nor is this orchestra the only one to which our country may point with pride. Theodore Thomas (born in Hanover, Germany, in 1835), who had been giving symphonic concerts in New York, at Irving Hall first, then at Terrace Garden (1866), and finally at Central Park Garden (1868), eventually organised a travelling orchestra, and taught all America the classical as well as the most modern repertoire of orchestral music. Probably no foreigner ever exerted such a widespread influence on the national musical taste in America, in modern days, as Theodore Thomas. After being director in numerous festivals, and conductor of hundreds of concerts in almost every State of the Union, he was, in 1890, appointed conductor of a permanent orchestra in