As we ring in 2019, here is a look back at what was happening at Curtis, and in the world, 90 years ago ...
Happy New Year... 1929!?
- The mission was: “to hand down through contemporary masters the great traditions of the past; to teach to build on this heritage for the future.”
- Curtis established a new affiliation with the Philadelphia Grand Opera Company.
- Students could participate in radio concerts broadcast nationally by the Columbia Broadcast System (now known as CBS).
- The library consisted of 10,000 items, including books, music, and scores (today it holds over 100,000).
- Campanology was offered as a course of study.
- Student Samuel Barber won the Joseph H. Bearnes Prize for Musical Composition.
- The Opera Department performed Tiefland by Eugen d'Albert.
- Students came to Curtis from such countries as Belgium, Hungary, Palestine, Latvia, Cuba, and Colombia, as well as from 43 states.
In the larger world…
- Mickey Mouse became the first talking cartoon character.
- The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York opened.
- Both All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque and A Farewell to Arms by Earnest Hemingway were published.
- Vatican City was founded.
- The word "zombie" was introduced into the Western vocabulary.
- The first demonstration of a color TV was held at Bell Telephone Laboratories in New York City; the images were a bunch of roses and the American flag.
- The Philadelphia Athletics won the World Series.
- The biggest artists in popular music were Eddie Cantor, Ruth Etting, Ethel Waters, and Cliff Edwards.
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