PITTSBURGH MUSIC - ARCHIVAL MATERIAL
Location: Oliver Room,
Pittsburgh Music Archives #37
- News clippings announcing George H. Wilson as editor and publisher of Boston’s Musical Herald - formerly published at the New England Conservatory – as of the November 1891 issue. Announcement was made in many papers, including Boston, Chicago, New York, Washington, and Philadelphia.
- Several pages later (no date given) is this announcement in a Boston paper: “The Musical Herald has been transferred to Chicago, where its editor, George H. Wilson, is living, though Boston is still named on the imprint; and the words, of the United States have been added to the title. The number for the current month is largely devoted to music at the Columbian exposition.”
- Wilson had moved to Chicago to be secretary of the music bureau for the 1893 World’s Fair in that city.
- Under date of January 15, 1894 came the announcement from George Wilson that the publication of the Musical Herald has been discontinued.
- Newspaper announcement (and subsequent flyers from the Chicago Orchestra for the 1894-1895 Season) state: “Mr. George H. Wilson, who was Theodore Thomas’s alter ego during the World’s Fair, has been made the secretary of Mr. Thomas’s new enterprise, the Chicago Orchestra.”
- While in Chicago, Wilson also acted as manager for leading instrumental and vocal artists of the area, such as The Lehmann String Quartet, Evanston Chamber Concerts, tenor George Hamlin, and organist Wilhelm Middelschulte.
- One newspaper article of April 8 [1895?] is titled: “Girl as a Manager. Chicago Orchestra’s tour successful and pleasant.” Miss Annie Millar arranged for and toured with the orchestra through twenty-nine concerts in Michigan.
- In September 1895, George Wilson announces his departure from Chicago to become manager of the new Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh. His appointment as Manager of the Pittsburgh Orchestra began June 7, 1896.
- Under date of September 22, 1895 is a small article about Pittsburgh, the new $2,000,000 building given my Andrew Carnegie, and Frederic Archer as first City Organist in the music hall. More complete articles appear on subsequent pages.
- Many pages of newspaper articles surrounding the controversy in the leadership of the Art Society in 1896 (George Wilson, manager).
- January 1897 articles suggested that the Pittsburgh Orchestra would disband because of several managerial conflicts. At the top of one news clipping, George Wilson has written in pen: “Another outbreak! Is it the last effort of the treacherous B.W.?” – referring to Beveridge Webster, one of the directors of the Art Society.
- By February 1897, the financial Guarantors appear to be in control of the Pittsburgh Orchestra and had taken that musical body out of the hands of the Art Society.
- Brochure of The Art Society of Pittsburgh (established in 1873) for the Season of 1897-1898 (its 25th year). A copy of this has been filed with “Concert Programs” collection under “Art Society.”
- Invitation to and program from “The Trooping of the Colors” on April 13-14, 1898 by the Sousa Band in Carnegie Music Hall (George Wilson, manager). It was billed as Sousa’s Patriotic Spectacle and included two full military bands, fife and drum corps, bag-pipers, full chorus, troops of all nations, all conducted by John Philip Sousa.
- At the end of this scrapbook is a full-sized bill-board poster (20” X 32”) for Carnegie Music Hall performance on January 3rd (no year given) of (Dame Nellie) MELBA singing the lead role in Rossini’s opera, “The Barber of Seville.” (THIS POSTER is in need of preservation and has been pulled for conservation framing. – K.Logan, May 4, 2010.)