Angelaires ensemble arrangements, approximately 1949-1958
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Contains arrangements for the Angelaires, as well as a few orchestral pieces. The arrangements are often not complete, with three out of the five parts, or without a full score. Maurice Peress, Paul Soffray, and Virginia Werner Hatten arranged the majority of the pieces. There are often transitions included which resemble Ruth Wickersham's handwriting. Based on the markings and names on the parts, they appear to have been performed, or assigned to specific members of the ensemble. Dates range approximately 1949-1958.
- approximately 1949-1958
- Angelaires (Musical group) (creator, Organization)
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Open for public research.
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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish materials from Angelaires records must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
The Angelaires Harp Ensemble (approximately 1950-1958) was a popular touring music production accross 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.
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