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Classical Music in Philadelphia

The city of Philadelphia vibrant musical heritage is stretching back to colonial times.
The Philadelphia Orchestra's third conductor, Leopold Stokowski, championed American classical music of the 20th century, and on tour, in recordings, and notably in Walt Disney's 1940 animated film Fantasia, brought the traditional and modern classical repertoire to a broad American listening public for the first time.
The Curtis Institute of Music on Rittenhouse Square, founded in 1924 by Curtis Publishing Company heiress Mary Louise Curtis Bok, has trained many of the world's best-known and respected American composers and performers, including Leonard Bernstein and Samuel Barber during the 20th century and current stars Juan Diego Flórez, Alan Gilbert, Hilary Hahn, Jennifer Higdon, and Lang Lang.
The Academy of Music, also known as American Academy of Music was built in 1855-57 and is the oldest opera house in the United States. The venue is the home of the Pennsylvania Ballet and Opera Philadelphia since 1857, hosting many world-famous performers, conductors and composers including figures as Marian Anderson, Maria Callas, Enrico Caruso, Aaron Copland, Vladimir Horowitz, Gustav Mahler, Anna Pavlova, Luciano Pavarotti, Itzhak Perlman, Leontyne Price, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Artur Rubinstein, Isaac Stern, Richard Strauss, Igor Stravinsky, Joan Sutherland, and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, among many others.
The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is the home of the Philadelphia Orchestra, one of America's "Big Five" symphony orchestras and regarded as one of the best in the world. Kimmel Center is the home venue of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Philadanco, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and a performance series known as Kimmel Center Presents, which hosts a variety of jazz, classical, and world pop performers.
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Bach festival. Rehearsal of the members of the Philadelphia orchestra before opening night of the Bach festival
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The Sons of Columbia. A national song. Written for the Fourth of July and set to music by Theodore Ascherfeld, Havre De Grace, Md. / Lith. by Otto Knirsch, Phila.

The Sons of Columbia. A national song. Written for the Fourth of July ...

Music cover showing soldiers on parade, probably in Philadelphia, Pa.

The grave of my mother Poetry and music composed and respectfully dedicated to Miss Megee of Philadelphia by the author of Mary's beauty / / Queen ; C. Schuessele del. ; P.S. Duval & Co. steam lith. press.

The grave of my mother Poetry and music composed and respectfully dedi...

Print showing title page illustration with girl looking sadly at "the grave of my mother." Title from item. Drawn on stone by James Queen.

[View looking East, near the music stand, in the interior of the main building of the Centennial, Philadelphia, 1876]

[View looking East, near the music stand, in the interior of the main ...

Wood engraving drawn by Schell and Hogan, from photographs and sketches. Illus. in: Harper's Weekly (1876 July 8). This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Shelf.

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[Enrico Caruso, three-quarter length portrait, seated, facing slightly left, holding hat, walking stick, and gloves]

[Enrico Caruso, three-quarter length portrait, seated, facing slightly...

H97352 U.S. Copyright Office. Copyright by A. Chickering. No. 5.

[Enrico Caruso, 1873-1921, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing left]

[Enrico Caruso, 1873-1921, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing left]

H91720 U.S. Copyright Office. Copyright by F.C. Bango, N.Y. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Photog. I.; BI; Shelf.

[Enrico Caruso, 1873-1921, three-quarters length portrait, standing, facing left]

[Enrico Caruso, 1873-1921, three-quarters length portrait, standing, f...

Photo copyrighted by E. Chickering. No. 1. cf. America's Yesterdays, p. 299. This record contains unverified data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Photog. I.; BI; Shelf.

[Vladimir Horowitz, 1904- , half-length portrait, standing by steps, facing left]

[Vladimir Horowitz, 1904- , half-length portrait, standing by steps, f...

Photo by Bain News Service, N.Y. Title and other information transcribed from unverified, old caption card data and item. George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress). Caption card tracings: PI; Shelf.

Anna Pavlova, 1885-1931

Anna Pavlova, 1885-1931

portrait, full length, facing right, ballerina, on point

Vladamir Horowitz, 1904-

Vladamir Horowitz, 1904-

Head and shoulders, facing left. Photo by Bain News Service, N.Y.C. Title and other information transcribed from unverified, old caption card and item. George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress). Cap... more

Vladimir Horowitz

Vladimir Horowitz

Full lgth., seated at piano, right profile. Photo by Bain News Service, N.Y.C. Title and other information transcribed from caption card and item. George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress). Caption ... more

Philadelphia gals

Philadelphia gals

From: Music Copyright Deposits, 1820-1860 (Microfilm M 3106) Also available through the Library of Congress Web Site as facsimile page images. (additional physical form) In bound volumes: Copyright Deposits 1820-1860

Philadelphia State Fencibles quick step ; The Philadelphia Union Fencibles quick step

Philadelphia State Fencibles quick step ; The Philadelphia Union Fenci...

From: Music Copyright Deposits, 1820-1860 (Microfilm M 3106) Also available through the Library of Congress Web Site as facsimile page images. (additional physical form) In bound volumes: Copyright Deposits 182... more

The  Philadelphia polka waltz

The Philadelphia polka waltz

From: Music Copyright Deposits, 1820-1860 (Microfilm M 3106) Also available through the Library of Congress Web Site as facsimile page images. (additional physical form) In bound volumes: Copyright Deposits 1820-1860