Fascinating , informative! Thank you, Leo. I learned things I didn't know.
What a range of conductors, and so the orchestra for these broadcasts was
indeed made up of DSO members, at least until March 1947. Might that have
been when the DSO was disbanded? And the listed conductors included Charles
Hackett and Richard Bonelli? Jeepers...they were singers and I'd never known
before that they conducted. (I seem to remember reading years ago that
Richard Bonelli was the uncle of the actor Robert Stack, especially famous
for the television series "The Untouchables," and that Bonelli was one of
those talented non-Italian singers who changed his or her name before World
War II to seem to be Italian.)
I can't get to Philip Hart's biography of Reiner now, but I seem to
recall that he recounted Reiner's 1940s trips to Detroit to conduct the Ford
Sunday Evening Hour broadcasts.
In a message dated 3/19/2014 6:07:57 P.M. Central Daylight Time,
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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
-- Leo Gillis
On Tue, Mar 18, 2014 at 7:38 PM, Don Tait ([log in to unmask])
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> 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
> from fellow Reiner collectors and have no idea
who might have conducted
> 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
> "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
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> Starting in 1934 and continuing for a number of
years thereafter, the
> Detroit Symphony appeared on a radio program, the
Ford Symphony Hour.
> of the most distinguished conductors of that time
regularly guested on
> 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.
> John Haley