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0000017a-15d9-d736-a57f-17ff8ca00001NHPR began broadcasting in 1981, and in the intervening years has documented the the stories of New Hampshire. From policy makers in Concord, to residents around the state affected by those policies; from notable Granite Staters, to our ordinary neighbors with a good story, NHPR has produced compelling radio for New Hampshire, by New Hampshire. These stories are the components of the NHPR archives, and on this blog we'll dust off some old stories that are newly relevant, and even find some that were never broadcast. We hope to demonstrate how we've changed as a state by charting our narrative on a longer scale.

From the Archives: Roman Totenberg

In February, 1995, violinist Roman Totenberg performed with the New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra. He joined NHPR ahead of the concerts on our Perspectives program and spoke with host Laura Kiernan.

In addition to being a child prodigy, world renowned performer and teacher, Totenberg's public radio roots run deep…not just via is daughter, NPR’s Nina Totenberg, but also as director of chamber music for WQXR in New York.

In this interview he discusses the Beethoven violin concerti he performed with NHSO, growing up in eastern Europe between the wars; and he has a funny story about when young Nina and her sisters heard a TV announcer introduce Jascha Heifetz as the “world’s greatest violinist.”

On another note, NHPR's Todd Bookman produced a great piece about a Beethoven manuscript recently auctioned off in NH.

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