Conductors as kids (1)

Conductors as kids (1)


norman lebrecht

December 21, 2018

Who’s this?


The first of a seasonal series.

Answer tomorrow….


  • Answer today – that’s l’il Lorin Maazel and who is he with? Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, mayor of New York and, I think, inventor of LaGuardia Airport.

    • Petros Linardos says:

      Mayor LaGuardia was not exactly “inventor” of the eponymous airport, but here are some fun facts about La Guardia airport, from Wikipedia. (They don’t make them like this anymore.)

      1. The site of the airport was originally used by the Gala Amusement Park, owned by the Steinway family.

      2. The initiative to develop the airport for commercial flights began with an outburst by New York mayor Fiorello La Guardia (in office from 1934 to 1945) upon the arrival of his TWA flight at Newark Airport – the only commercial airport serving the New York City region at the time – as his ticket said “New York”. He demanded to be taken to New York, and ordered the plane to be flown to Brooklyn’s Floyd Bennett Field, giving an impromptu press conference to reporters along the way. He urged New Yorkers to support a new airport within their city.

      • David Leibowitz says:

        i think Christopher was making a joke about LGA airport being invented by the “Little Flower”…

      • Cyril says:

        An unfun fact about LaGuardia Airport: it’s the ugliest, tackiest, stalest, most decrepit airport of any major city (and probably minor city too). Even after the “renovations” it is ugly, tacky, decrepit.

  • Roberto says:

    Not a great challenge given that the filename is “maazel-aged-8-with-mayor-la-guardia.jpg” 😀

  • Cynical Bystander says:

    Little Lorin is asking how much will he get for image rights. “One day you’ll have to pay me big bucks to point your finger at me but not as much as I’ll get to count time in the pits of opera houses around the world”

  • Mark Hildrew says:

    This is an interesting quiz. I’d be happy to see more.

  • David K. Nelson says:

    And if you have an interest in reading some wonderful stories about Fiorello La Guardia as told by a great musician, read violinist Albert Spalding’s autobiography, “Rise To Follow.” Both men served with distinction in the War, and Spalding served again in WWII.

  • We value your privacy says:

    Looks like Bruno Maderna.