1964 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR AND TOUR REUNIONS
HARVARD GLEE CLUB AND RADCLIFFE CHORAL SOCIETY
The 1964 North American Tour was the second major tour undertaken jointly by the Harvard Glee Club and the Radcliffe Choral Society. In the summer of 1954 the two choruses made a transcontinental tour which included most of the major cities west of the Mississippi. This venture came to a close at Tanglewood, when the combined choruses joined the Boston SymphonyOrchestra in a performance of Berlioz' La Damnation de Faust. This performance was described by Tucker Keiser in the Boston Post of July 11: "Making Tanglewood a last stop in its first transcontinental tour, the Harvard Glee Club and Radcliffe Choral Society turned in a sterling traversal of the many choral passages, winning a collective summa cum laude not only for precision, but for immaculate French diction." Already in 1921, at the invitation of the French government the Harvard Glee Club had become the first American university glee club to sing an extensive concert tour in Europe. The Glee Club returned to Europe in 1956, where it sang 32 concerts in 50 days before Dutch, Belgian, French, Italian, German, and English audiences. In the summerof 1961, the Glee Club made its historic Far Eastern Tour. The members presented to audiences from Tokyo to Athens choral music which included not only the Glee Club's traditional repertoire of Western music, but also a number of pieces in the languages of the countries visited.
Highlights of the amazing and historically important 1964 North American Tour and its numerous reunions are preserved below.
1964 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DOCUMENTS
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1964 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR CD
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HARVARD GLEE CLUB & RADCLIFFE CHORAL SOCIETY 1964 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR REUNION, SEPTEMBER 26-28, 2014
For the 50th Reunion, Sandy Jarrett prepared the following remarks and digital archive:
"Thanks to all of you who contributed photos to this collection. It contains scanned copies of the pages from the souvenir album that the tour group presented to Willy and me at the end of the tour, and of photos many of you took during the tour and preserved for five decades. The quality of the approximately 250 photos varies—some of you sent high resolution photos or copies of slides, but most are candid, informal snapshots, scanned and enhanced by our genie, Tay Vaughan. We decided to include them all, since any of them may trigger memories otherwise too dimmed by time and age. We regret that many have no captions, and many identifications remain uncertain, but we hope that you will enjoy them nonetheless. I am also forever beholden to Tay, who devoted many hours to this project, and whose expertise, good humor and encouragement made the project stimulating and fun!" The core of this project consists of twenty-two pages digitized from Sandy Jarrett's scrapbook of the Harvard Glee Club & Radcliffe Choral Society 1964 North American Tour, each page representing one of the twenty-two cities where concerts were performed. In addition, photographs collected by Jean Burg Leed, Anne Pearson, Cece Miles Riddell, Mugs Tholstrup, Walt Swap, Carol White, and others are included.
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50TH REUNION CONCERT VIDEO
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