Thanks for all your great Cleveland Orchestra memories. (Check 'em out here, if you missed 'em.)
One of our listeners remembered the legendary harpist Alice Chalifoux, first woman in the Cleveland Orchestra when she joined in 1931. Chalifoux was principal harpist at Severance Hall until 1974, and for 13 years was the only woman in the Cleveland Orchestra.
Chalifoux died this year at age 100, and David Roden's obit for WKSU points out that because the orchestra had no women's facilities for some time, Chalifoux used her harp case as a dressing room.
This great graph is from Donald Rosenberg's obit for the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
"When we began to get women in the orchestra in '43, the men would say, 'We have three women and Alice,' " Chalifoux told The Plain Dealer in 1997. "I had to be one of them to avoid problems. They were very nice to me, very protective. On tour, we'd go to a bar and have a high old time."
In 1988, Chalifoux was a guest on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson...
Have you heard of the suit that Don Rosenberg has filled against the Cleveland Orchestra?
Posted by Pete | December 16, 2008 7:34 PM