Inland Children’s Chorus
On a lark I decided to search my name in Google this morning and the first two hits were for the Inland Children’s Chorus that my grandfather (after whom I am named) directed from 1937 until he passed away in 1955. The chorus was founded & sponsored by the Inland Manufacturing division of General Motors. There’s a full history of the Chorus here at the Dayton Philharmonic web site.
Even more interesting is the second search result, a blog entry by Lee Hartsfeld on his Music You (Possibly) Won’t Hear Anyplace Else site. This post is about the vinyl recording of “The Story of Bethlehem” as recorded in 1954. Lee rips old vinyl and shellac recordings to digital and posts them on his site and for that I am very thankful since my dad was in the Chorus and I have never heard anything by them before. This concert was the last recording made under the direction of my grandfather about two months before his passing.
Lee provided a link to a zip file containing six MP3 files of this concert. I’m getting just a bit misty eyed listening to the first one right now (the quality is amazing for a 50 year old record). Thanks Lee, I’m really glad I found that post. It’s probably the best thing Google has even found for me.