History proved him wrong. Less than a year later, highly qualified musicians from the flocks of Russian refugees began to staff the Municipal Orchestra – and they did not have the luxury of dreaming of a better place than Shanghai. Having changed his mind, Maestro Paci spent 23 years leading the Shanghai Municipal Orchestra and left the city only in 1942.
Mario Paci conducting in concert, 1930. Image: Stanford Libraries.
UPDATE on the venue at the above photo. On May 18, 1930, the last concert at the Town Hall on Nanking Road was conducted by Mario Paci. This must have been the occasion for the photograph. Too bad the Town Hall had to be demolished in August 1931.
Town Hall on Nanking Road. Image: Shanghai Municipal Archive.
Paci conducting at the Town Hall, in 1926. Image: NCDN.