A Centennial Celebration
Curated by Marjorie
For most concertgoers the name of Eugene Ormandy tends to be associated primarily with nineteenth-century repertory, but the conductor's record with the Philadelphia Orchestra demonstrates that he did not simply program works that were familiar to audiences. In 1936, during his first weeks on the Philadelphia podium, in fact, his choice of William Walton's 1st Symphony resulted in the exodus of over 200 women during a performance--a typical audience display during Leopold Stokowski's tenure at the Academy.
National Music Council Award
Presented to Eugene Ormandy
For the Season of 1946-47
Ormandy was responsible for bringing many new works to Philadelphia, including a number of important premieres. From his early years in the city through the 1960s and 1970s, the conductor continued to program the familiar along with the unknown. The result is a lengthy and impressive list of works by composers from both sides of the Atlantic, among them Samuel Barber, Béla Bartók, Benjamin Britten, David Del Tredici, David Diamond, Gottfried von Einem, Ernst Krenek, Bohuslav Martinu, Gian-Carlo Menotti, Darius Milhaud, Krzysztof Penderecki, Vincent Persichetti, Sergei Prokofiev, Sergei Rachmaninoff, George Rochberg, Ned Rorem, William Schuman, Roger Sessions, Dmitrii Shostakovich, and Virgil Thomson.
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