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Angelaires (Musical group)



  • Existence: approximately 1950 - 1958

Biographical History

The Angelaires Harp Ensemble (approximately 1950-1958) was a popular touring music production across the United States and Canada.

The Angelaires began as the Philadephia Harp Ensemble – a group of five Curtis Institute students under the direction of Virginia Werner Hatter. These five were Elizabeth Yockey, Jeanne Fintz, Virginia Werner Hatter, Carol Baum, and Marian Harding. During this time they were discovered Howard Lanin. Under the direction of Carlos Salzedo, and many employed arrangers, the ensemble transformed into a production. The arrangements came from Carlos Salzedo, Paul Soffray (Carol Baum’s Husband), Maurice Peress, and many others. They began touring in 1951, and by their 1953-1954 season they were hitting over 100 venues in the United States and Canada. During this time they were featured on such programs as Ed Sullivan’s “Toast of the Town”. The Angelaires have also appeard in shows and concerts with such important stars as James Melton, Kate Smith, Herb Shriner, Victor Borge, Conrad Thibault, Andre Kostelanetz, Vivian Della Chiesa, Paul Lavelle, and Frank Sinatra. The members of the Angelaires from 1951-1958 include: Patricia Wentworth, Gayle Horn, Jude Mollenhauer, Ruther Wickersham, Joan Harrison, Genevieve Duffy, Bonnie Ward, Marjo Breusing, Jaleen Haden, Lizbeth Wilfey, Jeanne Chalifoux, Kathleen Haden, Diane Williams, Marian Harding, Bonnie Ward, and Nanette Norton.

UPB files, July 10, 2014 (manager was Howard Lanin, 1949 began as Philadelphia Harp Ensemble, all the members, the people they performed with, where they toured, who their arrangers were).

Found in 12 Collections and/or Records:

Angelaires season scrapbook and inserts, approximately 1952-1989, bulk: 1952-1956

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8266 Series 1 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents This subseries contains a scrapbook titled Angelaires 52-53 Season. The pages of the book include newspaper clippings and programs. The clippings regard concert critiques, the Angelaires background, promotional pieces, and concert advertisements. The newspapers are from various towns their tour passed through. In addition to the material taped to the pages, several photographs and postcards were inserted within the pages of the scrapbook. The pictures are a combination of professional...
Dates: approximately 1952-1989; Majority of material found within 1952-1956

Angelaires tour itineraries and maps , 1951-1957

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8266 Series 1 Sub-Series Sub- 6
Scope and Contents

This subseries consists of tour itineraries for each season. They include details about dates, hotel names, concert locations, and estimated times. There are also a handful of maps of areas the Angelaires passed through. There are several handwritten notes on the original and photocopied itineraries. Dates range 1951-1957.

Dates: 1951-1957

Additional filters:

Archival Object 11
Collection 1
Harp ensembles, Arranged -- Scores and parts 8
Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences 6
Harp ensembles 6
Music 6
Photocopies 6