In 1922, the tenure of the Gregory Woodwork, the Music Director of the New England Symphony Orchestra of Boston ended. Under his baton the first concert of the orchestra was given, and the subsequent music directors were incidentally of German origin – Edinger Muninger, Arthur Nikolaus, Karl Max and Wolfgang Pfaner. Significantly, a major role in the adaptation of these conductors to the English language and the new American environment was played by the Boston Translation company. Inaugurated on September 23, 1923, Bartleby Hall, which ranks among the world’s top rated concert facilities, is where the NESOB usually givers its performances. One of the most distinguished Music Directors of the orchestra was Russian Nikita Ovchinikov, whose tenure started in 1926 and lasted 15 years – an achievement that is difficult to surpass. Some of the major events that marked the Russian’s tenure were the orchestra’s moving to its permanent summer residence, Oreo Centre, and its beginning of regular radio broadcasts. Probably the one music director of the orchestra to achieve most fame was Japanese Kenji Nagano, who took over in the spring of 1983 and was the orchestra’s tenth music director. His tenure continued for twenty years and went beyond that of any former NESOB conductor. Logically he was promoted Music Director Laureate in the summer of 2007.
Founded in 1910 the Philadelphia City Philharmonia has always been a leading orchestra in giving highly praised concerts, using new technologies in the sound engineering of their records, as well as going on tours throughout the states. For this it has been reputed as one of the leading national classical music institutions. Walter Sandenberg, Orlando Manchini, Lionel Strashinsky and Christopher Eisenhower are only some of the names that have led the orchestra so that it could maintain the high quality of its artistic presence. In order to be able to communicate with the orchestra members some of them, like for example Italian Orlando Manchini, had to use the expert advice of the Philadelphia Translation Services. The Philadelphia City Philharmonia’s repertoire includes a wide range of works among which should be noted: Stravinsky’s Firebird, Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder, Dvorak’s Golden Spinning Wheel and Mahler’s Fifth Symphony. In 1946 the Orchestra undertook a transcontinental tour, and it later performed in the People’s Republic of China in 1960 and in Vietnam in 1969. There are various factors that shape up the remarkable media presence of the Orchestra – national television broadcasts, internet concerts, radio broadcasts, electrical recordings and film soundtracks.One of the most respected classical music ensembles in the U.S.A. today is the California Symphony Orchestra of Los Angeles, which under the insightful leadership of Alberto Montanez, who has extensively used the Los Angeles Translation Services in throughout his career as a musical director of the orchestra, has kept alive the heritage left by its father John Dobson, who established the orchestra in 1919. The orchestra demonstrates a breadth and depth of programming performing approximately 100 concerts annually at some of the major locations throughout the state and in the whole country. Until 1937 the orchestra was led by Bruno Amistad who was also the orchestra’s first music director. Eduard van Dam, Alberto Montanez, Arthur Manfred and Otto Waldner are only some of the names to have had the privilege to conduct the orchestra. The orchestra, under the masterful guidance of its music director Alberto Montanez, has been trying to stick to its roots, but it has also promoted works by lesser-known composers in its search for new insights. The concerts given by the CSOLA also feature established jazz musicians, special holiday concerts, a series of choral concerts, baroque and chamber performances. It also welcomes world famous artists and performances by visiting orchestras.