it was a playful touch when one of the maestro's musical heirs included a Verdi encore during a tribute at the Milan opera house marking the 150th anniversary of Toscanini's birth.
The Saturday night concert was part of a series of celebrations and commemorations planned across Italy to honor one of the 20th century's most enduring conductors, a man who defied Fascist leader Benito Mussolini, brought discipline and decorum to La Scala and popularized symphonic orchestral music in the United States.
Unlike composers whose works can be played and reinterpreted over time, the contribution of conductors "is written in water in a certain sense," said Harvey Sachs, a Toscanini biographer who helped curate an exhibit on the conductor at La Scala's museum that runs through June 4.
During his lifetime, Toscanini enjoyed renown around the world but particularly in his native Italy, where his focus was opera, and in the United States, the second home where he devoted his career to broadcasting symphonic music.
Oregon coach Kelly Graves planned a trip with his family in January to watch the men's Final Four next week.
It couldn't have worked out better for the Ducks women's basketball coach that his former school Gonzaga and his current one have already qualified for the national semifinals in Arizona.
That was until his 10th-seeded team started winning its own NCAA Tournament games.
Now the Ducks stand one win away from their first trip to the Final Four.
For that to happen, they would have to pull off one of the greatest upsets in women's basketball history, knocking off No.
Gov. Doug Ducey and the Arizona Legislature have given airlines a big tax break, but it comes at the expense of the city of Phoenix.
Legislation signed by the Republican governor Thursday will cap the amount of jet fuel Phoenix is allowed to tax for each large carrier, costing the city about $2 million a year and benefiting American Airlines and Southwest Airlines in particular.
American, Southwest and national airline trade group Airlines for America pushed for House Bill 2064.