Oral History Center - UC Berkeley Library

Betty Connors: The Committee for Arts and Lectures, 1945-1980: The Connors Years

Interviewee(s):
Connors, Betty
Interviewer(s):
Rowland, Marilynn
Title:
Betty Connors: The Committee for Arts and Lectures, 1945-1980: The Connors Years
Abstract:
Early years and family in the Midwest, exposure to music, University of Iowa, and move to Berkeley; early years of the Committee for Arts and Lectures (CAL): first chairmen, committee members, performance locations; discusses William Popper, Baldwin Woods, Albert Elkus, Donald Coney, Travis Bogard; operas in the Greek Theater, Kurt Herbert Adler; choosing the artists, working with artists' managers, Western Alliance, Intercampus Cultural Exchange; new performance spaces, dedication concerts at Zellerbach Hall, Hertz Hall; reminiscences of the Joffrey Ballet, Juilliard Quarter, Lotte Lehman, Sol Hurok, Jacques Barzun, Griller Quartet, Myra Hess, Ernst Bloch, Ravi Shankar, Alvin Ailey, Beaux Arts Trio, Rostropovich, others; expanded committee, jazz performances, San Francisco Symphony; management issues: programs, ushers, qualities of arts managers, critics, performers' needs. Appended list of CAL members; songs, poems and letters by Travis Bogard and Betty Connors; awards and honors to Connors.
Subject area(s):
Education, University of California
Interview date(s):
1998
Project:
Education and University of California - Individual Interviews
Oskicat record:
b10452948
Rights:
Connors, Betty. "Betty Connors: The Committee for Arts and Lectures, 1945-1980: The Connors Years." Interview by Marilynn Rowland in 1998. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2000.