The Encyclopedia Americana (1920)/Zerrahn, Carl

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ZERRAHN, Carl, American musical conductor: b. Malchow, Mecklenburg, 28 July 1826; d. Milton, Mass., 29 Dec. 1909. In 1848 he came to America as flute-player with the Germanica Orchestra, and six years later became director of the Handel and Haydn Society of Boston, a position he held for 42 years. He was conductor of the Harvard Symphony concerts 1861-82, and for several years was a successful director of famous musical festivals throughout New England, among them being those at Worcester, Mass., which he conducted in 1866-97. He retired in 1898.