Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
      Pre-History: 1840-1935


The links below offer snap-shots of important musical events in the history of Buffalo.
For reference, the holdings at BECPL (Buffalo and Erie County Public Library)
comprise hundreds of programs and concert reviews. The BECPL collection also
includes a microfilm archive of Buffalo newspapers, dating back to 1826.

Concert Halls in Buffalo: from History of Music in Buffalo,
    by Mildred E. Wolf; Kleinhans Music Hall booklet, 1945
    (with additional images from BECPL and private sources)     Eagle Theater (St. James Hall) c.1840-1854 - at Washington and Eagle
    Academy of Music, 1852 - at Main, between Swan and Seneca
    Opera House, 1862 - at Main and Washington
    Music Hall I, 1883 - Edward and Main
        Music Hall I - BECPL image
    Music Hall II, 1887 - Edward and Main
        Music Hall II - BECPL image
        Music Hall II Theater - BECPL image
    Temple of Music, 1901 - Pan-American Exhibition
    Elmwood Music Hall, 1912 - at Virginia and Elmwood (former Convention Hall)
    Elmwood Music Hall - color photo
    Elmwood Music Hall, c.1935 - interior - Summer Concert

Hans von Bülow Recitals in Buffalo, 1876
    22 January 1876 - Chickering tour, upright piano
    25 January 1876 - Chickering tour, upright piano
1891: The Buffalo Orchestra, John Lund, conductor
     photo from the Buffalo Express - 19 April 1891
1901: The Temple of Music, Pan-American Exposition
    Exposition Grounds, Delaware Park
1901-1947: Fritz Kreisler in Buffalo
    Recital Performances
    Photo-Bio, Elmwood Music Hall, 7 November 1933
    Program Cover - Philharmonic Series, 7 November 1933
1910: Mahler in Buffalo, New York Philharmonic - 7 December 1910
    Mahler autographed photograph - document held at BECPL
    Program Book - 8 pages, complete
    Concert Review, page 1 - Buffalo Evening News, 8 Dec. 1910, p.18
    Concert Review, page 2 - Buffalo Evening News, 8 Dec. 1910, p.18
1912: May Music Festival - 29, 30 April, 1 May 1912
    Philharmonic Society of Buffalo - program cover
    Philharmonic Society of Buffalo - concert repertoire, 29 April 1912
    Philharmonic Society of Buffalo - concert repertoire, 30 April 1912
    Philharmonic Society of Buffalo - concert repertoire, 1 May 1912
    Philharmonic Society of Buffalo - Proem

1920: Serge Prokofiev in Buffalo - 3 February 1920
    Prokofiev in Recital - Elmwood Music Hall

1920: Philadelphia Orchestra - 18 March 1920
    Leopold Stokowski, conductor - Elmwood Music Hall
1920 - 1931 - 1940: Sergey Rachmaninoff in Buffalo
     Solo Recitals - Dates, Venues, Programs
1921: Toscanini in Buffalo, La Scala Orchestra - 29 January 1921
    La Scala - Toscanini - program cover
    La Scala - Toscanini - concert repertoire
    La Scala - Toscanini - review, Buffalo Courier, 30 January 1921

1923: Buffalo Symphony Orchestra, Arnold Cornelissen, conductor - 11 March 1923
    Buffalo Symphony Orchestra - program cover
    Buffalo Symphony Orchestra - concert repertoire, patrons
    Buffalo Symphony Orchestra - concert musicians

1924-25: Buffalo Symphony Orchestra, Arnold Cornelissen, conductor
    Full Orchestra - Elmwood Music Hall - Photographer: King Robinson

1925: Buffalo Philharmonic
    Elmwood Music Hall - newsprint photograph

1925: Boston Symphony Orchestra - 4 November 1925 - Program
    Serge Koussevitzky, conductor - Elmwood Music Hall
1928: Maurice Ravel in Buffalo - 17 April 1928
    Ravel in Recital - with Greta Torpadie, soprano, Statler Ballroom
1929: Buffalo Symphony Orchestra, Arnold Cornelissen, conductor - 8 January 1929
    Buffalo Symphony Orchestra - program cover
    Buffalo Symphony Orchestra - concert repertoire
    Buffalo Symphony Orchestra - concert mission, patrons
    Buffalo Symphony Orchestra - concert musicians

1932: Buffalo Symphony Orchestra, John Ingram, conductor - 30 April 1932
    Buffalo Symphony Orchestra - program cover
    Buffalo Symphony Orchestra - concert repertoire
    Buffalo Symphony Orchestra - concert musicians

1933: The Civic Music Committee - 26 March 1933
    Buffalo patrons, sponsors - committee list

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