The history of the Apollo Club dates back to the spring of 1895 when the first steps were taken toward the formation of a male chorus. It was formally organized on September 23, 1895. Emil Oberhoffer was the first conductor and quickly established a very high standard of choral singing for the group. The Club gave its first public performance on April 13, 1896 at the Lyceum Theatre in Minneapolis. It was customary for the chorus to present three regular concerts every season. Other conductors and accompanists have included Henry S. Woodruff, Theodore Bergman, Elsie Wolf Campbell, William Rhys-Herbert, William MacPhail, James S. Allen, and Roger Hoel. From its inception, the club adopted a policy of bringing distinguished artists to Minneapolis.
Description of Collection
: One box of materials including newspaper clippings (1900-1984), roster (1948), directory (1926), a history written in the 1920s, 26 folders of typed reviews from the
Minneapolis Tribune and the
Minneapolis Journal from 1920 to 1943, and miscellaneous ads, etc.
Sweeter than the honeywell : 100 years of music and friendship : the Apollo Club Male Chorus of Minneapolis, 1895-1995 by Johannes Riedel ML28.M5A74 1995.
Programs (1896-1970s) are housed in SCMC Program files.
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