One of my school band directors took me to a concert of the Philadelphia Orchestra in Little Rock. Needless to say, that was a huge treat for me. After the concert, Eugene Ormandy, the conductor, was kind enough to greet some of the audience and sign autographs. I would guess that he was one of the half-dozen most famous individuals I ever met. His connection with the Philadelphia group, it was widely known as one of the top orchestras in the world.