On January 7, Rodzinski writes to his most distinguished colleagues (Koussevitsky, Monteux, Szell, Mitropoulos and Dorati), suggesting that they invite a very talented young pianist: Eugene Istomin. Gives numerous Community Concerts all over the US. Is acclaimed at Lewisohn Stadium after playing Beethoven’s Emperor with the New York Philharmonic and gives Ravel’s Ondine as an encore. First conflict with his management. Spends a lot of time in Greenwich Village talking with avant-garde artists and left-wing activists.

Artur Rodzinski in the early 1940s