Public Talk—100 Years: CAMA and the LA Phil—Hattie Beresford—March 6, 2020—The New Vic, Santa Barbara—5:15PM

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CAMA and the LA Phil

Bringing the World’s Finest Classical Music to Santa Barbara

Photos courtesy of Santa Barbara Historical Museum, CAMA, Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Library of Congress, Bill Dedman, and Santa Barbara News-Press

Civic Music


Mrs. John Hopkins (Pearl) Denison

Mrs. Alexander (Bertha) Soper

Mr. Samuel Ilsley

David Gray

Carolyn and Edwin Gledhill portrait courtesy of Santa Barbara Historical Museum

First concert brought to

Santa Barbara by the

Civic Music Committee.

Senator Clark, daughter

Andree and wife Anna

La Chapelle in New York

City. As a young girl, Anna

had been sponsored to a

musical education in Paris

where she studied the harp.

The Saint-Saëns Club founded c.1910. Clark is second from left.

Courtesy Bill Dedman, author of Empty Mansions

Wowitza Lodge on Salmon Lake after a refreshing swim! A concerto in Montana!

Now more than ever,

when men’s faiths have

been tried and a new

feeling for tolerance

and brotherhood is

sweeping the world,

it is natural that men

should turn, with

renewed fervor, to

the oldest and most

communal of the arts.

….after several hours

consultation, this

splendid patron of the

fine arts [Clark] quietly

said he was prepared

to place at the disposal

of the Philharmonic

Orchestra Association

of Los Angeles a yearly

check sufficient to take

care of any deficit

which might occur……

–L.E. Behymer

Pacific Coast Musical Review, Volume 41

Clark and Rothwell with LA Phil

Walter Henry Rothwell

89 men and 1 woman, a harpist

(like Anna La Chapelle Clark)

Civic Music Committee:

Mrs. John Hopkins (Pearl) Denison

Mrs. Alexander (Bertha) Soper

Mr. Samuel Ilsley

During World War I, the new Recreation Center was

commissioned for use by the Red Cross. By 1921, it was

returned to community service and Richard Buhlig provided

pre-concert lectures here.

Elizabeth Rothwell





Henry Eichheim

Oriental Impressions

by Henry Eichheim —

conducted by the


January 14, 1924

Potter Theatre

12 solo artists

from the LA Phil

Sir Arthur Bliss and Gertrude Hoffmann Bliss

Founders of the Music Branch of the

Community Arts Association

California: Festival Scenes for Orchestra by Frederick

Shepherd Converse was inspired by Santa Barbara’s

Old Spanish Days and “El Desfile Histórico.”

Frederick Shepherd Converse

Carolyn Estes Smith,

manager of the Los

Angeles Philharmonic

Orchestra, and Clark, Jr.

Dr. Artur Rodziński

Rodziński must be made to

understand that we are the

bosses, not he…. I am

getting tired of these Prima

Donna conductors….



The 1929/30 and

1930/31 seasons

saw the LA Phil

come to

Santa Barbara

three times

each year.


refugees from

Iowa about to sell

their belongings

to buy food. Their

comment to the


“We don’t want to

go where we’ll be

a nuisance to


José Iturbi

My dear Mrs. Price,

I wish to speak the gratitude

of the Southern California

Symphony Association for the

marvelous cooperation the

Music Branch gave in the form

of the Symphony Concert last

Wednesday evening…….

Leopold Stokowski

conducted the LA Phil

in a concert in

Santa Barbara on

February 27, 1940 at

the Arlington Theatre.

Auxiliary Committee

promoted concerts,

Wallenstein, and classical

music through radio ads,

newspaper stories, and

encouraging Mayor Norris

to declare a Philharmonic

Orchestra Week.

Mabel Profant

Courtesy of the Profant Family

The CAMA Women’s Board ~ 1962

Hal Boucher photo

The Women’s Board

reinstated the Symphony

Previews which were hosted

at various venues including

El Mirasol, El Encanto Hotel,

and the Music Academy of

the West.



©Citizens for Humanity/Courtesy of Los Angeles Philharmonic Association image

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