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Oberfelder Concert Series and Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: B367
Pioneer impresario Arthur M. Oberfelder came to Denver in 1913 and by 1917 had started his own concert management company. He started the Concert Under the Stars at Red Rocks and was responsible for bringing many entertainment groups to Denver. Collection contains invitations, programs, news clippings, portraits, certificates, photographs, scrapbooks, and autograph books related to the Oberfelder family and the Oberfelder Concert series from 1924 through 1978.

Dates

  • Other: 1911-circa 1980

Creator

Extent

9.25 Linear Feet (7 containers)

Biographical / Historical

Pioneer impresario Arthur M. Oberfelder was born in Sidney, Nebraska, where he worked in the local opera house as a boy. He arrived in Denver in 1913 after having graduated from the University of Nebraska and then having served as secretary to American political icon William Jennings Bryan who ran for the American presidency three times. He wed Denver native Hazel Marx on March 31 1915 at a ceremony performed by Rabbi William Friedman of Temple Emanuel. In Denver, Oberfelder began as the manager of the Redpath Lyceum booking agency. However, before long Oberfelder organized his own concert management agency in 1917 and soon became the exclusive Denver manager of all stage presentations on tour. He bought out his rival, Robert Slack, in 1926 to form the Oberfelder-Slack Concert Series. The Oberfelder Concert Series operated every year until Oberfelder’s death in 1954. He began a series of concerts at Red Rocks known as "Concerts Under the Stars" and arranged for the Metropolitan Opera to tour the United States for the first time in 1948 and 1949. Oberfelder helped enrich Colorado’s cultural life and brought in some of the most acclaimed musicians, dancers, and actors in the world, including John Phillip Sousa, Paderewski, Jascha Heifits, Marian Anderson, Isaac Stern, Pavlova, and Margaret Fonteyn.

General

There are publicity photos in this collection with unknown dates.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

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