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The Interlochen Collection: Frederick Stock at the National Music Camp

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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Frederick Stock conducts at Chicago's Orchestra Hall in an undated photo from the 1930s

In 1940, renowned Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director Frederick Stock visited Interlochen's National Music Camp for the first time.

In August 1940, Interlochen's National Music Camp had a very special guest.

Frederick Stock had been the music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1905, and he helped turn that orchestra into one of the nation's best.

This 1940 visit wasn't the first time Stock had worked with Joe Maddy and the National High School Orchestra, though.

In April 1928, just a few months before the very first National Music Camp season, Maddy took a student orchestra to Chicago to perform at the Music Supervisors National Conference. There, Stock conducted that orchestra in a performance of Antonin Dvorak's Symphony no. 9 "From the New World."

Howard Hanson, Frederick Stock, Joe Maddy
Interlochen Center for the Arts
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Standing L to R: Howard Hanson, Frederick Stock and Joe Maddy. Photo likely taken during 1928 Music Supervisors National Conference, which was broadcast on NBC radio

Revisit Stock's first visit to Interlochen, including archival recordings of the NBC radio broadcast of the concert he conducted.

Music heard in this program

George Whitefield Chadwick, Symphonic Sketches
National High School Symphony Orchestra, August 1959; Orien Dalley conducting

Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony no. 8
Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra, December 1962; Raymond Gerkowski conducting

Gardner Read, Sketches of the City

Edward MacDowell, Suite no. 3
National High School Symphony Orchestra, July 1954; Joe Maddy conducting

Frederick Stock, Symphonic Waltz
Chicago Symphony Orchestra studio recording, 1930; Frederick Stock conducting

Note: all pieces were also performed in August 1940 by the National High School Orchestra, conducted by Frederick Stock, broadcast on NBC and preserved on transcription disc.

The archival recordings heard on this program are available thanks in part to the Association for Recorded Sound Collections' Classical Music Preservation grant, support from IPR listeners and the Hamer D. and Phyllis C. Shafer Foundation.

Michael Culler and Stefan Wiebe provided audio engineering support.

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