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Chicago Symphony Orchestra



The Chicago Orchestra was formed in 1891, with Ferdinand W. Peck as president. Theodore Thomas, who with his orchestra had visited Chicago for several seasons and was to be musical director of the World's Columbian Exposition (1893), was appointed its first conductor. The orchestra performed in the Auditorium Theatre, and moved in 1904 to the new 2566-seat Orchestra Hall. Thomas died in 1905; from 1906 it was called the Theodore Thomas Orchestra, and in 1912 it was renamed the Chicago SO. Thomas's successors were his assistant, Frederick Stock (1905–42), Désiré Defauw (1943–7), Artur Rodziński (1947–8), Rafael Kubelík (1950–53), Fritz Reiner (1953–63), Jean Martinon (1963–9), Georg Solti (1969–91) and Daniel Barenboim (from 1991).

Found in 6 Collections and/or Records:

William Ferris music manuscripts and papers

Identifier: Ferris

Consists of holograph, manuscript, and published scores of nearly all of the composer's musical compositions written between 1952 and 2000 as well as sketches and notebooks related to specific works.

Dates: 1952-2000

Jean Martinon papers

Identifier: Martinon

The papers of composer/conductor Jean Martinon consist of materials created by Martinon himself (including published and unpublished manuscript scores and arrangements of compositions written between 1935 and 1975), and biographical and other materials produced or collected by the Jean Martinon Society and the Association Jean Martinon.

Dates: 1923-1994; Other: Date acquired: 05/12/1988

Eric Oldberg (1901-1986) Papers

Identifier: 55/30

The papers of Eric Oldberg (neurosurgeon and Chicago civic leader) relate to his activities with and on behalf of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestral Association. The papers consist of general correspondence (1940-1972) and subject files.

Dates: 1940-1986

Sam Raphling scores

Identifier: Raphling

Contains manuscripts, copies, and published scores by American composer and pianist Sam Raphling (1910-1988).

Dates: 1945 - 2013; Other: Majority of material found within 1945 - 1988; Other: Date acquired: 02/12/1991

Fritz Reiner correspondence

Identifier: Reiner

Conductor Fritz Reiner's correspondence collection includes both personal and business correspondence, including letters to family, friends, and fans, and papers regarding his work with the Curtis Institute of Music and the Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Chicago Symphony Orchestras. Carlotta Reiner's correspondence is also heavily represented.

Dates: 1916 - 1967; Other: Majority of material found within 1921 - 1963

Fritz Reiner collection of scores

Identifier: Reiner Scores

Scores (mostly published) owned by the Hungarian-American conductor Fritz Reiner (1888-1963), many with his performance markings.

Dates: 1870-1963