ROCHESTER PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA [RPO] INC. SCRAPBOOKS

SC 1996.5

Ruth T. Watanabe Special Collections
Sibley Music Library

prepared by Ronald J. Morgan
Summer 1996

 

CONTENTS

 

 

DESCRIPTION OF COLLECTION

Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra [RPO], Inc. Scrapbooks (1975-1986, bulk 1975-1986)
Location: Old Sibley Library, AA3B, 5, 1-9.
17 linear inches

 

Historical Sketch

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Inc. (or RPO) was incorporated in 1975 as a legal, not-for-profit organization with the purpose of overseeing the affairs of the Orchestra. The corporation was formerly known as the Rochester Civic Music Association which sponsored the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Civic Orchestra, Eastman Theatre Concerts, and other musical and non-musical events in Rochester since 1930. The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra gave its first performance in 1923.

Issues of funding the RPO and the Civic Orchestra gained increasing attention throughout the life of the Rochester Civic Music Association. By 1965 the Civic Orchestra was dissolved, and the RPO became the major benefactor of the CMA’s fundraising campaigns. Article clippings suggest that the decision to change the name of the CMA to the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Inc. in 1975 was a marketing strategy to increase community awareness and financial support for the organization.

 

Provenance

The materials in this Collection were gathered in chronological order by year by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Inc.. The scrapbooks were apparently transferred to the Sibley Music Library in the early 1990s.

 

Scope and Content

The Collection consists of annual scrapbooks filled with press clippings of performances sponsored by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Inc. from 1975 to 1986. The clippings comprise concert announcements, articles on performances and performers, performance reviews, and RPO related issues (fundraising, Board issues, etc..) Several scrapbooks are dominated by specific issues as indicated in the Inventory.

This Collection is valuable in reference to the following topics (non-comprehensive): the history of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, musical performances in Rochester between 1975 and 1986, performances in the Eastman Theatre, studies in marketing/ public-relations/ fundraising/ board issues in orchestral organizations.

 

Restrictions and Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this Collection.

 

Associations

The history of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Inc. prior to its incorporation in 1975 can be found in the Rochester Civic Music Association (CMA) Scrapbooks. The following publications that relate to the history of the RPO are held in the Eastman School of Music Archives: Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra programs (1927- ), Eastman Theater programs (1922- ), the Civic Music News (1929-1975).

 

 

DESCRIPTION OF SERIES

 

Series 1: Scrapbooks

Scrapbooks of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Inc. maintained in their chronological order from 1975 to 1986. The scrapbooks contain press clippings of RPO Inc. sponsored performances including concert announcements, articles on specific performances, articles on specific performers, performance reviews, and articles on other RPO Inc. related issues.

INVENTORY

Series 1:

Scrapbook 1 1975-76 Clippings: RPO Inc.
Scrapbook 2 1976-77 Clippings: RPO Inc.
Scrapbook 3 1977-78 Clippings: RPO Inc.
Scrapbook 4 1978-79 Clippings: RPO Inc.
Scrapbook 5 1978-79 Clippings: RPO Inc.
Scrapbook 6 1979-80 Clippings: RPO Inc.
Scrapbook 7 1980-81 Clippings: RPO Inc.
Scrapbook 8 1980-81 Clippings: RPO Inc.
Scrapbook 9 1981-82 Clippings: RPO Inc.
Scrapbook 10 1982-83 Clippings: RPO Inc.. Includes 60 the Anniversary celebration.
Scrapbook 11 1982-83/1983-84 Clippings: RPO Inc.
Scrapbook 12 1983 Clippings: RPO Inc.. Includes press on Enrique Arturo Diemecke (Exxon/Arts Endowment conductor 1983-84.)
Scrapbook 13 1984-85 Clippings: RPO Inc.. Includes press on Rochester’s Sesqui- centennial celebrations.
Scrapbook 14 1984-85 Clippings: RPO Inc.. Includes press on RPO’s “Musical Madness” programs and publicity.
Scrapbook 15 1985-86 Clippings: RPO Inc.
Scrapbook 16 1985 Feb-July Clippings: RPO Inc.
Scrapbook 17 1986 Aug-Dec Clippings: RPO Inc.