July 19, 1942: For the first time, Arturo Toscanini and the NBC Symphony Orchestra performed The Seventh Symphony, by Shastakovich in the United States. Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 7 had its North America premiere on July 1942 by the NBC Symphony Orchestra with Arturo Toscanini as the conductor. The studio concert took place in New York and was broadcast nationwide over NBC. The symphony is the composer's longest, greatest and the most popular composition in his repertoire.