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On the 100th anniversary of his birth, discover the extraordinary conductor who escaped Communist Czechoslovakia to direct the world's greatest orchestras.
In 1950, Kubelik became music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, choosing the position over an offer to succeed Sir Adrian Boult as chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He was later dismissed from Chicago for introducing too many contemporary works, demanding exhaustive rehearsals and engaging several black artists. Photo: Getty
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