Thanks, Leo. Great info.
On Wed, Mar 19, 2014 at 7:06 PM, Leo Gillis <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> The online archives of the DSO for the Ford Sunday Evening Hour goes from
> 2/16/1934 to 3/8/1947. A couple are listed for 1923, but I'm not sure if
> those are correct.
> The list of conductors includes: Victor Kolar, Fritz Reiner, Mischa
> Levitsky, Alexander Smallens, Charles Hackett, Richard Bonelli, Sir Ernest
> MacMillan, Emma Otero, Franco Ghione, Elwyn Carter, Andre Kostelanetz, Sir
> John Barbirolli, Sir Thomas Beecham, Wilfrid Pelletier, Jose Iturbi, George
> Szell, Sir Eugene Ormandy, Reginald Stewart, Artur, Rodzinaksi, Eugene
> Goossens, Victor Kolar, Harold Koch, Dmitri Mitropoulos, Karl Krueger,
> William Steinberg, Leonard Bernstein, Efrem Kurtz, and C. Valter Poole.
> The first few years were all Kolar, (DSO principal conductor) then Reiner
> and Ormandy began appearing. Kolar, Reiner, Ormandy, Iturbi, Pelletier and
> Beecham did numerous performances, and many of these in later years were
> held at the Music Hall, another fine, small venue in downtown Detroit,
> still in operation. Several of the listings unfortunately do not include
> the performance venue.
> -- Leo Gillis
> On Tue, Mar 18, 2014 at 7:38 PM, Don Tait ([log in to unmask])
> [log in to unmask]>
> > I have tapes or private CD-Rs of some of those
> broadcasts. From circa
> > 1941/2. Each 30 minutes. All I have are conducted by
> Fritz Reiner, who
> > presumably took the train up from Pittsburgh for the
> gig. I got the
> > recordings
> > from fellow Reiner collectors and have no idea
> who might have conducted
> > other
> > programs. As one might expect, the selections are short
> and the musical
> > gruel is pretty thin. The "theme music" for each
> program is the French
> > horn
> > "bedtime" music from Hansel und Gretel.
> > I do not remember whether the
> announcer(s) said from where the
> > broadcasts originated. Sorry.
> > Don Tait
> > In a message dated 3/18/2014 3:38:10 P.M. Central
> Daylight Time,
> > [log in to unmask]
> > Starting in 1934 and continuing for a number of
> years thereafter, the
> > Detroit Symphony appeared on a radio program, the
> Ford Symphony Hour.
> > Some
> > of the most distinguished conductors of that time
> regularly guested on
> > this
> > show, which also featured big name soloists.
> Preserved broadcasts show
> > that the orchestra was an excellent one during this
> period, and the
> > acoustics audible on these recordings sound OK, with a
> touch of nice hall
> > ambiance. A number of these broadcasts are sought
> after by collectors. I
> > don't know where these shows were recorded, but I
> assume they predate the
> > Ford Auditorium referred to previously.
> > Best,
> > John Haley