Exhibits Prepared for the University of Pennsylvania
Ormandy in Minnesota
“The Midwest Experience: Ormandy in Minnesota” was on display at the University of Pennsylvania from January 2010 through March 2012, commemorating the seventy-fifth anniversary of Ormandy’s recording sessions with the Minneapolis Symphony in 1934 and 1935 and his appointment as co-conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra in January 1936.
Although conductor Eugene Ormandy (1899-1985) is best remembered for his forty-four years at the helm of the Philadelphia Orchestra, he made his first lasting mark in Minnesota, where he was conductor of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra (now the Minnesota Orchestra) for five years in the early 1930s. Ormandy quickly improved the musicianship of the orchestra, and through tours of the South and Midwest, frequent nationwide radio broadcasts, and recordings for Victor, he established an enthusiastic following and positioned himself for his appointment as conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
An exhibit on Philadelphia musician and composer Francis Johnson, curated by Griscom and on display in the Van Pelt Library from 2007 to 2009, is available as a web exhibit, Francis Johnson: Music Master of Early Philadelphia. Johnson’s music survives today in piano arrangements published during his lifetime, and the exhibit offers examples of sheet music acquired in 2007 from the estate of the Kurt Stein as well as performances by pianist Tim Ribchester.
Ormandy and Television
“Coming to the Small Screen: Ormandy and Television” was on display in the Ormandy Exhibit Gallery of the Otto E. Albrecht Music Library from November 2005 until November 2007.