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Naumburg, Walter W(ehle)

Naumburg, Walter W(ehle), American music patron; b. N.Y., Dec. 25, 1867; d. there, Oct. 17, 1959. He received cello lessons in his youth. After graduating from Harvard Univ. in 1889, he returned to N.Y. and entered the mercantile business of his father, Elkan Naumburg, who founded a series of free concerts in N.Y.’s Central Park in 1905. Walter and his brother George continued the series after their father’s death in 1924. In 1925 Walter founded a series of auditions to find young talent for Town Hall debuts, an effort continued under the auspices of the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation (from 1926).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis Mclntire

Naumburg, Walter W(ehle)

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