The night Miss America played the New York Philharmonic

The orch has retrieved this pic from archives of the recently deceased Bess Myerson at its 1962 gala.

The beauty queen played Rach 2 with the Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall on May 31, 1946, exactly a year after she won the title. Not just a pretty face.

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  • Actually the program for the evening says that she played “‘Full Moon and Empty Arms’ (based on Concerto No. 2 of Rachmaninoff).”

    http://archives.nyphil.org/index.php/artifact/c3d4c1ee-b28f-4488-a0ac-8bd50e9402c2/fullview#page/12/mode/2up

    The conductor was identified in the program simply as “D’Artega” – Alfonso D’Artega. Wikipedia says he initiated the Philharmonic’s Pops series (which this concert was a part of) and also wrote the NBC Chimes theme.

  • According to the actual program (as seen in the New York Philharmonic Digital Archives), Ms. Myerson played:
    “Full Moon and Empty Arms” (based on Concerto No. 2 of Rachmaninoff).

    So, not quite the Rach 2.

  • Does anyone know who her companion is? Possibly one of my New York cousins, as he is the nearest I have ever seen to being my double. I would have been 14 or 15 when the photo was taken.

  • Possibly one of my New York cousins, as he is the nearest I have ever seen to being my double. I would have been 14 or 15 when the photo was taken.

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