Monday, May 10, 1943
More jubilation as news comes in from North Africa: 50,000 Axis soldiers captured. General Omar Bradley’s troops even captured 3 of 4 German generals. In Mateur, the strains of Tschaikovsky’s Piano Concerto, wafting from the second floor of a sagging building, cheered Allies catching a breath after the fighting. The pianist, Private Clifford Whitman of Maryland, admitted later, “ I haven’t played much since I came overseas and my fingers were stiff at first. (Enjoy Martha Argerich’s rendition.) But it all comes back quickly.” On the Home Front, “Negro pianist” Leon Kirkpatrick performed pieces by Debussy and Scriabin. The reviewer stated that Kirkpatrick acquitted himself well.