Isn’t quizzo the greatest? Whether you are a New Deck purist who spells it with just one ‘z’, or prefer to win “adult” toys at a round of Kinky Quizzo, you can’t help but to love the thrill of being the only person at your table who knows which medical school had the highest number of applications this year‡.
To celebrate my love of quizzo (which is one of the reasons #whyilovephilly), I give you a Philly-focused trivia question every Tuesday. Answers after the jump.
This week’s trivia question: The Philadelphia Orchestra is considered one of the “Big Five” orchestras in the US, based largely on its rich history of firsts, such as being the first orchestra to make recordings, the first orchestra to debut a number of amazing compositions, and the first American orchestra to tour China in 1973. It also recorded Disney’s Fantasia. Can you name the conductor who famously got to shake hands with Mickey Mouse at the start of that classic film?
(Scroll down for the answer – I’ve been asked to do this to prevent accidental cheating.)
Answer: Leopold Stokowski. Stokowski is famous for developing the “Philadelphia Sound”, which included the rearrangement of the orchestra’s seating. That seating is the one most commonly used today. Stokowski debuted countless works in Philadelphia and was instrumental in convincing Mary Louise Curtis Bok to found the Curtis Institute of Music in 1924.
‡Drexel Med, with 13,520.