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Ethel Stark and the Montreal Women’s Symphony Orchestra – The First Canadian Orchestra at Carnegie Hall

Ethel Stark and the Montreal Women’s Symphony Orchestra – The First Canadian Orchestra at Carnegie Hall

On October 22nd, 1947, the Montreal Women’s Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor and co-founder Ethel Stark, became the first Canadian orchestra ever to perform at the illustrious Carnegie Hall in New York. The performance, which was comprised of Weber’s Euryanthe Overture; Sir Ernest MarcMilaln’s Sketches on Canadian Airs; Richard Strauss’s Death and Transfiguration; and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, was very well-received by the New York critics and audience, with members of the press saying things like, “Miss Stark and her energetic eighty [...]



Ethel Stark, 1910-2012

Ethel Stark, 1910-2012

Ethel Stark, violinist, conductor, musical pioneer and teacher, passed away on February 16, 2012.  Stark was born in Montreal on August 25, 1910. She was a laureat of the Quebec Academy of Music, recipient of the Curtis diploma, fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and the recipient of an honourary degree (LLD) from Concordia University, Montreal.  In 1934 Ethel Stark became the first Canadian woman to perform as soloist in a broadcasted program across the USA.  In 1940 she founded the Montreal Women’s Symphony Orchestra, [...]