Mrs. Emil (Mollie) Brudno Collection

Photographs of musicians, dancers, conductors, and other performers who participated in Mrs Emil (Mollie) Brudno’s Cleveland Concert Course (renamed Cleveland Civic Concert Course) sponsored by the Cleveland Museum of Art. These concerts took place in Cleveland from the 1930s-1950s. Most of the photographs are autographed.  The images have been digitized and are available online at digitalarchives.clevelandart.org.

 

Summary Information

Repository: Cleveland Museum of Art Archives
Creator - Author: Brudno, Mollie, Mrs. Emil, 1880-1961
Title: Mrs. Emil (Mollie) Brudno Collection.
ID: 1111.127
Date [inclusive]: 1926-1958
Extent: 0.3 Cubic feet
Language: English

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Biographical/Historical note

Mrs. Emil M. Brudno was one of Cleveland’s early concert impresarios. Born Mollie Rothenberg in Cleveland in 1880 to Leopold and Anna Rothenberg, her father was a well-known dry goods merchant. Mollie studied music at the Sorbonne where she first met such luminaries as Dr. Albert Schweitzer. In 1907 she married Dr. Emil Brudno, a local obstetrician. The couple had two daughters, Miriam and Ruth.

Mrs. Brudno was very active in civic and Jewish organizations, being an organizer and first president of the Federation of Jewish Women’s Organizations. She was also a president of the Cleveland Council of Jewish Women. As long-time chairman of the council’s program committee Mrs. Brudno sponsored a lecture series, bringing to Cleveland many of the most distinguished speakers of the day including Clarence Darrow, Bertrand Russell, and John Haynes Holmes. In addition to these activities Mrs. Brudno was a member and president of the Cleveland Chapter of the League of Women Voters; and a member of the Women’s Committee of the Cleveland Orchestra, Women’s City Club, and Euclid Avenue Temple.

Her love of music brought her to the foreground of the field by the 1930s. The Cleveland Museum of Art sponsored her Cleveland Concert Course, through which she brought to Cleveland the finest musicians and dancers of the early to mid-twentieth century including Yehudi Menuhin, Marian Anderson, Gaby and Robert Casadesus, and many others. For a long time she was the only active concert manager in the city. She retired as a concert promoter in 1955. Following the death of her husband in 1958 Mrs. Brudno moved to New York City where she lived with her daughter, Miriam Reichl until her death in 1961.

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Scope and Contents note

The Brudno collection consists of autographed photographs of performers who participated in the Cleveland Concert Course managed by Mollie Brudno and sponsored by the Cleveland Museum of Art. The images have been digitized and are available online at digitalarchives.clevelandart.org.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Ingalls Library and Museum Archives

11150 East Blvd.
Cleveland, OH, 44106
216-707-2492
archives2@clevelandart.org

Conditions Governing Access note

Open to the public. For more information or to access this collection contact archives staff at archives2@clevelandart.org.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Ruth Reichl, 2015.

Existence and Location of Copies note

Digital reproductions of this collection are available electronically at digitalarchives.clevelandart.org.

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Controlled Access Headings

Subject(s)

  • Cleveland Museum of Art.
  • Cleveland Museum of Art. Department of Musical Arts
  • Photograph collections -- Ohio -- Cleveland.

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Collection Inventory

Photographs 

BoxFolder

Victor Babin [Vronsky & Babin] undated 

11

Lucia Chase undated 

11

Russ Case undated 

11

Robert Casadesus 1958 

11

Gaby Casadesus undated 

11

Anne Brown undated 

11

Margit Bokor undated 

11

Thomas Beecham undated 

11

Philip Burton [Griller String Quartet] undated 

11

Simon Barer 1941 

11

Alexander Brailowsky 1947 

11

Claudio Arrau 1944 

11

Argentinita 1938 

11

Robert Casadesus 1939 

11

Bill Appling undated 

11

Elwyn Adams 1957 

11

Marian Anderson undated 

11

Alica Alonso [Ballet Theatre Fouundatedation] undated 

11

Solomon Cutner undated 

11

Talley Beatty undated 

11

Ted Bloomfield undated 

11

Mischa Elman 1940 

12

Ruth Draper 1941 

12

Anton Dolin [Ballet Ruse] undated 

12

Devi Dja 1939 

12

Devi Dja 1939 

12

Anthea De Forest undated 

12

Sidney Griller [Griller String Quartet] undated 

12

Vladimir Horowitz 1940 

12

Albert Hirsh 1942 

12

Emanuel Feuermann undated 

12

Colin Hampton [Griller String Quartet] undated 

12

Fannie Hurst undated 

12

Martha Graham undated 

12

Marc Gottlieb [Claremont String Quartet] 1955 

12

Hertha Glaz 1941 

12

Ria Ginster 1935 

12

Jean Geis 1956 

12

Miklos Gafni undated 

12

Ignaz Friedman undated 

12

Zino Francescatti 1939 

12

Kirsten Flagstad 1955 

12

Giorgio D'Andria [National Graundated Opera Company] 1940 

12

Roland Hayes undated 

12

Jascha Heifetz undated 

12

Francois D'Albert 1956 

12

Ruth Draper 1941 

12

Irving Klein [Claremont String Quarter] 1955 

13

Edith Lorand undated 

13

Pierre Luboshutz undated 

13

Harald Kreutzberg undated 

13

Erwin Jospe 1943 

13

Kurt Jooss [Jooss Ballet] undated 

13

Kurt Jooss [Jooss Ballet] 1936 

13

Maria Jeritza undated 

13

Lotte Lehmann 1957 

13

Jose Iturbi 1938 

13

William Kapell undated 

13

Lawaune Kinnard 1949 

13

Serge Jaroff 1947 

13

Laszlo Krausz 1953 

13

Boris Kroyt [Budapest String Quartet] undated 

13

John Kriza [Ballet Theatre Fouundatedation] 1952 

13

William Kapell 1947 

13

Fritz Kreisler 1933 

13

Jacob Lateiner 1947 

13

Serge Koussevitzky undated 

13

Ezio Pinza undated 

14

Jack O'Brien [Griller String Quartet] undated 

12

Ruth Posselt 1941 

14

Guiomar Novaes 1953 

14

Alicia Markova [Ballet Russe] undated 

14

Dimitri Mitropoulos 1942 

14

Ezio Pinza undated 

14

Nathan Milstein 1944 

14

Eunice Podis undated 

14

Robert Merrill undated 

14

Hortense Monath [New Frieundateds of Music Quartet] undated 

14

Erica Morini 1940 

14

Genia Nemenoff undated 

13

Yehudi Menuhin 1937 

14

Edgar Ortenberg [Budapest String Quartet] undated 

13

Dorothy Maynor undated 

14

Harl McDonald [Philadelphia Orchestra] 1946 

14

Lauritz Melchior undated 

14

Boaz Piller 1939 

14

Alicia Markova [Ballet Russe] undated 

14

Eugene Ormandy 1951 

14

Giovanni Martinelli undated 

14

Si-Hon Ma 1956 

14

Frances Magnes 1948 

14

Rosemarie Passalacqua 1957 

14

Jan Peerce undated 

14

Gregor Piatigorsky 1940 

14

Alfio Pignotti [Claremont String Quartet] 1955 

14

Boaz Piller 1939 

14

Artur Sohnabel 1926 

15

Leopold Stokowski 1943 

15

Fritz Stiedry undated 

15

Albert Schweitzer undated 

15

Kenneth Spencer undated 

15

Rudolf Serkin 1937 

15

Ruth Slenczynski undated 

15

Uday Shankar undated 

15

Serge Rachmaninoff 1939 

15

Leopold Stokowski undated 

15

Isaac Stern 1944 

15

Artur Rubinstein 1940 

15

Josef Roismann [Budapest String Quartet] undated 

15

Joel Shapiro undated 

15

Joel Rosen undated 

15

Uday Shankar undated 

15

Florence Salb 1950 

15

Jesus Maria Sanroma 1944 

15

Mischa Schneider [Budapest String Quartet] undated 

15

Trudi Schoop undated 

15

Joseph Schuster 1944 

15

Andres Segovia 1948 

15

Leopold Stokowski undated 

15

James Streem undated 

15

Joseph Szigeti 1944 

15

William Schoen [Claremont String Quartet] 1955 

15

Igor Youskevitch [Ballet Theatre Fouundatedation] 1952 

16

Merrill Kenneth Wolf undated 

16

Alexander Uninsky 1944 

16

Vitya Vronsky [Vronsky & Babin] 1939 

16

Sam E. Walter undated 

16

Karyol Vaughn Weinberg undated 

16

John Charles Thomas undated 

16

Maggie Teyte undated 

16

Igor Youskevitch [Ballet Theatre Fouundatedation] undated 

16

Kwong-Kwong Tung 1956 

16

Barbara Williamson undated 

16

Sonia Wojcikowska 1946 

16

Unidentified artists [11] undated 

17

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