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From the Vaults: Isaac Stern with Leonard Lopate

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In his prime, Isaac Stern (1920-2001) was considered one of the great instrumentalists of the 20th century. But he was much more: an activist who led a successful campaign to save Carnegie Hall from destruction, a world citizen who visited the Soviet Union with great fanfare in 1951, becoming the first American violinist to do so, and a teacher, chamber musician and arts advocate.

In this 1999 interview on WNYC's New York & Company, Stern talks with Leonard Lopate about his autobiography, My First 79 Years.