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Title:
Calgary Philharmonic Society fonds

Date(s):
1913-1995, predominant 1954-1988

Physical Description:
16 m of textual records. -- ca. 150 architectural plans. -- 134 photographs

History:
The Calgary Philharmonic Society was formed in 1955 by an amalgamation of the Calgary Symphony and the Alberta Philharmonic Orchestra. The orchestra has grown from an essentially amateur community orchestra into a fully professional one which employs 63 full-time musicians. In 1969 Maurice Handford became music director. The calibre of musicians improved dramatically and new series were added to broaden the repertoire. In the 1970s, the Society acquired professional management and currently has a full-time administrative, production, marketing, development and special events staff. In 1985 the CPS moved from its home in the Jubilee Auditorium and celebrated its 30th anniversary in the new Calgary Centre for the Performing Arts building, under conductor Mario Bernardi. John Shaw has held the position of general manager since 1979.

Custodial History:
Part of this fonds was held by the University of Calgary from 1977 to 1985, when it was transferred to Glenbow.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of incorporation documents, minutes, annual reports, committee records, correspondence, administration records, production records, staff files, marketing records, newsclippings, programs, development records, special events records and photographs of the orchestra. Includes architectural plans for the Calgary Centre for the Performing Arts.
RECORDS RELATED TO THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS ARE ALSO IN THIS FONDS. SEE INVENTORY FOR DETAILS: Alberta Ballet Company, Alberta Theatre Projects, Association of Canadian Orchestras, Banff Centre, Calgary Board of Education, Calgary City Ballet, Calgary Exhibition and Stampede, Calgary Musical Theatre, Calgary Musicians Association, Calgary Philharmonic Chorus, Calgary Opera Association, Calgary Regional Arts Foundation, Calgary Youth Orchestra Society, Canadian Opera Company, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), CFCN, CHQR, CKXL, E.R. Deutsch, Alan Graham, Max Malden, National Ballet Company, Playhouse Theatre Company, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, John Shaw, Southern Alberta Opera Association, Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium,Theatre Calgary Auditorium, Kurt Trachsel, 15th Winter Olympic Games, and Women's League of the Calgary Philharmonic Society.

Source of Acquisition:
Gifts of Calgary Philharmonic Society, the University of Calgary, Mrs. P.R. Brecken, J.D. Francis, and Doug Hawkes, 1962-1999.

Language:
The material is in English.

Restrictions:
Files M-7074-(150-153) are restricted but may be viewed with permission from CPS.

Finding Aids:
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.

View finding aid / scanned documents:
http://www.glenbow.org/collections/search/findingAids/archhtm/cpo.cfm

Accruals:
Further additions expected.

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M 2341, M 7074, M 8238, M 8702, PA 2700, S 153

Title:
Women's League of the Calgary Philharmonic Society fonds

Date(s):
1953-1989

Physical Description:
1.06 m of textual records. -- 114 photographs

History:
The Women's League of the Calgary Philharmonic Society was started in Calgary, Alberta in 1955 to raise money for the orchestra, and to offer scholarships and music education programs. The biggest fund-raising event of the League year was the annual Benny the Bookworm Sale which the group organized for 50 years, 1959-2010. The group also presented two $1000 scholarships annually, the Olga Nickle Memorial Scholarship and the Women's League Scholarship. The League folded in 1990.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of minutes, correspondence, financial records related to their fundraising efforts (especially the Benny the Bookworm sale), membership lists, newsletters and photographs.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of the Women's League of the Calgary Philharmonic Society, 1985-1990.

Language:
The material is in English.

Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.

Finding Aids:
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.

View finding aid / scanned documents:
http://www.glenbow.org/collections/search/findingAids/archhtm/philwomen.cfm

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-7129, M-7726, M-8155

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