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Detroit Symphony Orchestra: Program Records

 Collection
Identifier: UR002852

Scope and Content

This collection is comprised of programs from DSO performances. Series 1: Seasons includes programs that reflect the DSO Season of classical music performances, often containing booklets that cover all, or a portion of each Season. Series 2 contains programs from specific shows or musical series such as pops, holidays, special concerts, tours, and music festivals that occurred as a single event or over a small number of performances. Series 3 contains season schedules. Series 4 contains programs of non-Detroit Symphony Orchestra musical events, many of which were held at Orchestra Hall or locally, though some are national.

Series 1: Seasons, 1907-2013 Series 2: Individual concerts and series, 1928-2013 Series 3: Schedules, 1969-2003 Series 4: Non-DSO, 1919-2010

Dates

  • 1907 - 2013

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.

Copyright is held by Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials.

History

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) first performed in 1887 and disbanded in 1910. A second iteration of the DSO then grew out of the efforts of ten women who raised money for a concert season beginning on February 26, 1914. Orchestra Hall, opened in 1919 and restored in 1989, has served as the home for the DSO for much of its existence. Other home venues included Music Hall (Madison St.; 1944-1949), Masonic Temple (1951-1956), and Ford Auditorium (1956-1989). The DSO returned to Orchestra Hall in 1989, after the Save Orchestra Hall initiative to restore the building, known for its excellent acoustics.

The DSO has performed in Detroit for over a century and in that time has experienced highs and lows of presence in the city as they persisted through wars, economic depression, changes in musical directors, and changes in venue. The DSO continues to thrive, adapt, and innovate with the variety of performances offered, educational collaborations, and expansion of accessibility in recent decades.

The DSO not only performs regular subscription concerts and special concerts each year, but also a series of Young People's Concerts, school concerts, Michigan and national tour concerts, free concerts, mid-season festivals, as well as the summer Meadow Brook Music Festival, radio broadcasts, and recordings.

Extent

15.5 Linear Feet (29 MB, 1 SB)

Abstract

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) first performed in 1887 and disbanded in 1910. A second iteration of the DSO then grew out of the efforts of ten women who raised money for a concert season beginning on February 26, 1914.

These records consist of program from the variety of Detroit Symphony Orchestra performances over the years, including the first concert in 1914. The DSO not only performs regular subscription concerts and special concerts each year, but also a series of Young People's Concerts, school concerts, Michigan and national tour concerts, free concerts, mid-season festivals, as well as the summer Meadow Brook Music Festival.

Arrangement

Arranged in 4 series – Series 1 (Box 1-16), Series 2 (Box 16-27), Series 3 (Box 28), and Series 4 (Box 29-30). Folders are arranged chonologically in Series 1, alpahbeticlay in Series 2, chronoligcally in Series 3, and alphabetically in Series 4 in accordance with the order the collection arrived at the Reuther Library.

Acquisition

This collection was deposited at the Walter P. Reuther Library by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra on December 21, 2018.

Related Materials

Programs from classical subscription concerts can also be found in Detroit Symphony Orchestra: Felix and Fay Ann Resnick Papers (UP002856; DSO.24) and Detroit Symphony Orchestra: Marjorie Benedict Schultz Papers (UR002925; DSO.57)

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Shae Rafferty on October 14, 2020. Previously processed as DSO.09 by Cynthia Korolov, Detroit Symphony Orchestra Archivist.
Title
Guide to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra: Program Records
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by Shae Rafferty. Originally processed by Cynthia Korolov at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Archives.
Date
2020-10-14
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

Contact:
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