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Who originated the annual New York Wire Factory Whistle concert?

With the news that the New York Wire Factory Whistle Concert is moving to Metso, one might wonder how the annual Christmas Eve concert came about, in the first place. This season’s greetings card put the orchestration in the hands of Karl Alex Smyser. He’s shown here in the narrow room where successor whistlemasters stood to play the steam- – now air – powered instrument, made possible by the whistle’s unusual sliding valve.

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