28 September 2009

The oldest orchestra in America

Pictured above in 1871 are the 16 members of the "Pierian Sodality of 1808." Some nitpickers might argue whether the organization has been continuously an "orchestra" because in 1832 the membership shrank to one (a soloist flutist). But if they regrouped thereafter, they would still be older than the runner-up, the New York Philharmonic (1842).

They go by a different name nowadays - the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra.

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