Striking a Chord: A Woman’s Symphony Orchestra of Los Angeles Program, 9 February 1927

by Paul R. Spitzzeri This year marks the centennial of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, established under the patronage of William Andrews Clark, Jr., son of the mining tycoon who left his mark in many areas and ways in the American West stemming from his spectacular success as one of the "copper kings" of Butte,... Continue Reading →

Striking a Chord With an Ellis Club Concert Program, 1894

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Long before the creation of a professional choruses and orchestras in Los Angeles, talented amateur residents performed concerts with their own musical ensembles. In 1888, as Los Angeles crested during the great "Boom of the Eighties", attorney and real estate developer Charles J. Ellis started a choral club that bore his name... Continue Reading →

That’s a Wrap with Photos of Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. and Musicians, ca. 1926

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. (1883-1939) was one of the most famous film stars of the 1920s, with his popularity centered around swashbuckling roles in such films as The Three Musketeers, The Black Pirate, and The Thief of Baghdad.  His marriage to "America's Sweetheart," actress Mary Pickford, represented one of the first "power couple" unions in... Continue Reading →

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