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Each winter, the Minneapolis Symphony toured the Midwest and South. In January 1932, two months after his appointment as conductor, Ormandy led the orchestra on the longest of its midwinter tours. Over the course of thirty-four days (18 January - 20 February), the orchestra performed in twenty-eight cities in thirteen states, traversing 7,248 miles by train. The largest single audience was 6,200 in Birmingham, Alabama. The effects of the depression led the orchestra's management to scale back the tours in successive years, but these performances built a following for the orchestra outside Minnesota that would boost sales of its recordings a few years later.

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