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Reprint of “Going Forward With Radio” As Presented by: WFIL (Note: Mouse-over the triangle-arrow to turn the pages.)
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During his time with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Norman Black was an active member of the musician’s union and was dedicated to improving conditions for the Orchestra members.

Six months before his forced retirement at age 65, he resigned, at the sacrifice of a significant portion of his pension. He unsuccessfully sued the Orchestra association against forced retirement.

“All my life I have opposed discrimination and will, therefore, not permit the association to oust me strictly because of my birthdate but reserve the right, out of respect for my personal dignity to resign on behalf of other musicians who may one day face the same indignity,” said Norman Black.

After resigning from the Orchestra, he continued to play music and teach violin. In 1976, he reformed his Philadelphia Symphonette and performed three concerts before his death in 1977 at age 69.

In the Employment Act (ADEA) in 1978, US Congress outlawed mandatory retirement before the age of 70,and in 1986 abolished it altogether.
Below is a reproduction of an editorial that ran in the Official Publication of the International Conference of Symphony & Opera Musicians.Editorial in Senza Sordino

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Reprint of newspaper article about the Arco-Arte Sinfonietta with Conductor Norman Black: Philadelphia Inquirer – January 10, 1954
Article mentioning Arco-Arte Sinfonietta - Philadelphia Inquirer January 10, 1954
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Norman Black and other Conductors and Musicians

 

Norman Black, Igor Stravinsky and William Smith
Norman Black with Igor Stravinsky and William Smith (December 1953)
Norman Black and Seiji Ozawa with note to Norman Black
Norman Black with Seiji Ozawa – Conductor (1972)

 

Carlo Maria Giulini with note to Norman Black
Carlo Maria Giulini – Conductor (March 21, 1969)

 

Charles Munch, , Conductor with note to Norman Black
Charles Munch – Conductor (March 10, 1963)

 

Dimitri Mitropoulos and note to Norman Black.
Dimitri Mitropoulos – Conductor (1945)

 

Erich Leinsdorf with note to Norman Black
Erich Leinsdorf – Conductor

 

Istvan Kertesz with note to Norman Black
Istvan Kertesz – Conductor

 

Pierre Monteux and note to Norman Black
Pierre Monteux – Conductor

 

Sergei Rachmaninoff with note to Norman Black

Sergei Rachmaninof – Conductor (1939)

Norman Black Family Photos

 

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