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Of music and survival: Old-time radio listening, 27 May

Lux Radio Theater: Music for Millions (CBS, 1946)

Maestro Iturbi, who knew a little too much tragedy in his accomplished life. (Photo: Library of Congress.)

Maestro Iturbi, who knew a little too much tragedy in his accomplished life. (Photo: Library of Congress.)

The Academy Award-nominated film musical gets a coolly understated radio interpretation tonight, with three of its stars—Margaret O’Brien, Jimmy Durante, and classical pianist/conductor Jose Iturbi reprising their film roles. In some ways, it seems almost miraculous that Iturbi is alive and functioning, considering his past.

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