|Steinway Hall opening concert, 1925|
For those interested in the Steinway genealogy,
the founder of Steinway & Sons was Henry Engelhard Steinway Sr. (b. 1797).
The Steinway descendants in the photo are the offspring of two of his sons and one daughter.
Henry's son William Steinway succeeded him as president of the firm (1876-96) and William's two sons William R. (1881-1960 standing, far left ) and Theodore E. (1883-1957 seated on right) are shown here. William was general manager for European operations from 1899-1960. Theodore became president two years after the photo was taken and remained so until 1955.
Frederick T. Steinway (standing, 3
Paul Schmidt, (standing, far right) who was with the firm between 1910 and 1940 and served as the assistant to the president, was the grandson of Henry's daughter Doretta Steinway.
Photo taken October 27, 1925 after the opening concert of the newly built Steinway Hall at 100 West 57th Street in New York. (Courtesy of Diana Roberts, with technical assistance from Brian Harrison)
Back row, l to r, are William R. Steinway,
Ernest Urchs (head of the Concert and Artists Department),
Frederick T. Steinway, Fraser Gange,
Francis Gearhart (not positively identified -
may have written the dedicatory poem)
and Paul H. Schmidt.
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"Old" Steinway Hall on 14th Street in N.Y.C. closed its doors January 11, 1925. The dedication of its modern replacement in October of that year was one of the musical events of the next season. The new hall design incorporated live radio broadcast facilities, and indeed the opening was was broadcast on WJZ, WRC, WGY and WBZ.
The stage area was small and the room seated only 200, hence the formal dedicatory concert was by invitation only and the publicity was intense. Among the guests were names such as S. R. Guggenheim, DuPont, Drexel and George Eastman.
* --Kutsch and Riemens. Grosses Saengerlexikon 1987 ed.
--Thompson, Bohle. Cyclopedia of Music & Musicians 11th ed, 1985
--Pierre Key. Pierre Key's Musical Who's Who New York, 1931.