This #MuseumMonday, we're sharing a fascinating update on the Bartók items recently donated to us. As our Archivist/Curator Chessie was rehousing a vest that belonged to Béla Bartók, a very small ticket stub slipped out of the pocket.
The torn-off stub was for a performance at Symphony Hall in Boston on December 2, 1944. A note in pencil at the top reads, "Mrs. Bartok." An online search told us that that evening was the premiere of “Concerto for Orchestra,” one of the pieces Bartók wrote in Saranac Lake. It is likely that Bartók slipped the ticket in his pocket during the performance where it remained until we discovered it almost 78 years later. Bartók died in New York City 9 months after the performance.
Learn more about the Bartók Cabin and the collection, and support our efforts to preserve both on our website.
Read last week's article on this incredible donation in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.
[Historic Saranac Lake Collection, TCR 743. Courtesy of the Estate of Peter Bartók.]
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