| July, 2008|
thanks for a very informative piece about Doriot.
July 25, 2008 12:35 PM posted by Peggy Friedland permalink comments (0)
Helen Kotas played principal French horn in the Chicago Symphony during the 1940s. She started playing with the Woman’s Symphony Orchestra of Chicago while she was still in high school, and continued to play as first horn for them while Kotas attended the University of Chicago, from which she got a degree in psychology. She also played with the Chicago Civic Orchestra, where she played first horn. She met CSO conductor Frederick Stock through the early Grant Park Concerts, several of which were joint concerts between the Woman’s Symphony, the CSO and the Civic Opera orchestra (a forerunner of Chicago Lyric), which Stock conducted. Stock was a great champion of women musicians and was, I think, instrumental in getting Kotas into the orchestra. Prior to that, though, Stock recommended her to Stokowski for his All-American Youth Orchestra, which she played in for a while. She also played as a ringer ... >> full...
July 14, 2008 9:00 AM posted by Anna-Lise Santella permalink comments (0)