Striking a Chord: A Program for the Woman’s Symphony Orchestra of Los Angeles, 1 April 1927

by Paul R. Spitzzeri As covered here in a previous post, the Woman's Symphony Orchestra of Los Angeles was the first all-female classical music orchestra in the United States when it formed in the fall of 1893 and played its first concert the following spring.  The ensemble's first director was Harley Hamilton, who also worked... Continue Reading →

Treading the Boards: “The House of a Thousand Candles” at the Auditorium, Los Angeles, Week of 14 December 1908

by Paul R. Spitzzeri A previous post on this blog highlighted an October 1908 program from The Auditorium (also known as the Temple Auditorium and, later, the Philharmonic Auditorium), a theater across from Central Park (renamed Pershing Square) in Los Angeles, and featuring a play mounted by the company of prominent stage actor Lewis S.... Continue Reading →

Striking a Chord: First Century Families and the Centennial of the Founding of the Los Angeles Philharmonic

by Paul R. Spitzzeri In 1939, Mary Foy, the first woman head librarian for the City of Los Angeles, and Charlotte Workman Masson, a grand-niece of Homestead founders William and Nicolasa Workman, launched First Century Families, an organization composed of descendants of those who lived in the City of Angels during its first century from... Continue Reading →

Striking a Chord with “The Overture” Magazine, 15 May 1929

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Formed in Los Angeles in 1897, Local 47 of the American Federation of Musicians is a union for professional musicians, including those who do studio work, films, television, touring, perform in orchestras and symphonies and who are composers, arrangers, producers, engineers, and freelancers. The first local musicians union, the Musical Protective... Continue Reading →

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 →

Games People Play: A Program for Wrestling Matches at the Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, 8 February 1928

by Paul R. Spitzzeri What L.E. Behymer was to serious music in "high brow" Los Angeles, Lou Daro was to the "low brow" devotees of championship wrestling in the City of Angeles.  Daro was born as Louis Elias to a large Jewish family in 1882 in Satu Mare, Romania, in the northwestern corner of the... Continue Reading →

Striking a Chord with a Grand Opera Festival, Los Angeles, December 1912-January 1913

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Among the many indications that Los Angeles was, in the first years of the 20th century, emerging into a major American metropolis was the growth of the arts.  This applied to the so-called "legitimate theater" as well as the onrush of film; the increase in the "fine arts"; the 1913 opening... Continue Reading →

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