Bruckner Society acquires a piece of its own history
Our most recent acquisition is a photograph of Eugene Ormandy receiving the Kilenyi Medal of Honor back in 1936. From "Chord and Discord," we gleaned the following information:
Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy, conductor. January 17, 1936.
For this manifestation of zeal, as well as for the recorded performance of the work, Mr. Ormandy was presented on this occasion with the medal of the Bruckner Society of America, bestowal being made in a brief and particularly happy speech by Elbert L. Carpenter, President of the Orchestral Association of Minneapolis, Inc. In responding, Mr. Ormandy paid special tribute to his colleagues of the orchestra.
The performance on this occasion deserved all that could be said in praise. At least one listener felt that if the composer had always been so appreciatively, clearly and dramatically dealt with by conductors, there might perhaps have been no need of organizations to promote his popularity.
The Saint Paul Pioneer Press