The Midwest Experience: Ormandy in Minnesota

Exhibition Poster

Although conductor Eugene Ormandy (1899-1985) is best remembered for his forty-four years at the helm of the Philadelphia Orchestra, he made his first lasting mark in Minnesota, where he was conductor of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra (now the Minnesota Orchestra) for five years in the early 1930s. Ormandy quickly improved the musicianship of the orchestra, and through tours of the South and Midwest, frequent nationwide radio broadcasts, and recordings for Victor, he established an enthusiastic following and positioned himself for his appointment as conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Mahler Disk

This exhibit was on display through March 2012, commemorating the seventy-fifth anniversary of Ormandy's recording sessions with the Minneapolis Symphony in 1934 and 1935 and his appointment as co-conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra in January 1936.

Beginnings Minneapolis Appointment On Tour In Concert Guest Artists 1934 Recording Sessions 1935 Recording Sessions Move to Philadelphia Home Page