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Hurok, Sol(hyo͝or`ŏk, yo͝or`–), 1888–1974, American impresario, b. Russia. Emigrating to the United States in 1906, Hurok was a peddler, streetcar conductor, bottlewasher, and hardware salesman before becoming the foremost impresario of his age. By his own estimation, he presented more than 4,000 artists and companies, among them Pavlova, Marian Anderson, the Comédie Française, the Old Vic Company, the Royal Ballet, Andrés Segovia, Jean-Louis Barrault, and Victoria de los Angeles. The film Tonight We Sing (1953) was based on his autobiography, Impresario (1946).
See biography by H. Robinson (1994).
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Hurok, Sol(1888–1974) impresario; born in Pogar, Russia. Coming to the U.S.A. in 1905, he began producing concerts; he became famous for managing European artists including Pavlova and Artur Rubenstein, and he helped bring to the U.S.A. Russian ensembles including the Bolshoi Ballet.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.