Stamp Treks – Arthur Fiedler

Arthur Fiedler Statue

Arthur Fiedler was a conductor for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Born in Boston in 1894, he learned violin after moving to Germany as a teen. He started as a violinist for the Pops and became conductor in 1930. Known for injecting popular show tunes into the BSO’s repertoire, Fiedler led the Pops for half a century. His July 4th concerts at the Hatch Memorial Shell in Boston were legendary, particularly the country’s 1976 bicentennial celebration when he led the orchestra through Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture amid a dazzling fireworks display. Fiedler passed away in 1979 at his home in Brookline, Massachusetts.

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